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Westfield Celebrates the Dr. Nettie Maria Stevens Science & Innovation Center

Posted by Kelly Hart on May 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Kelly Hart


When it comes to fostering research and technology, Westfield State is committed to staying ahead of the game. Nothing showcases that commitment quite like the brand new Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center opening May 5, 2017. Read on for more information about the Center and all of the other ways that Westfield is bringing new ideas to the community.

The Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center is a massive 54,000 square foot space featuring laboratories and learning spaces for the Biology, Environmental Sciences, Nursing and Allied Health, and Chemical and Physical Sciences departments. However, all students, alumni and visitors are welcome to enjoy the facility. You can tour the space and take in the contemporary architecture, sit in on a class or enjoy the courtyard. 

Nettie_Stevens_Microscope_2-0x800.jpgBut besides just providing a physical space for Westfield’s many STEM disciplines, the new Center is also a representation of the amazing work that Westfield graduates have done for the science and health fields. The Center is named after alumni Dr. Nettie M. Stevens. Dr. Stevens is most well known for her groundbreaking discovery of the X and Y sex chromosomes. It’s this legacy of innovation and experimentation that Westfield hopes will carry on to the next generation of STEM students, particularly when the brand new Physician’s Assistant Program roles out in January of 2018.

The Westfield State Physician’s Assistant Program will be the first public program of it’s kind in Massachusetts. It’s an intensive 24-month program that features in-classroom educational experiences as well as hands-on clinical work. When thinking about what college you shoud go to, consider this: The PA field is one of the fastest growing and most in-demand careers in the United States. Our program will seek to educate and inspire future healthcare providers interested in serving the western MA area. To be considered for admission, candidates must have completed 500 patient contact hours, have 3 letters of recommendation and at least a 3.0 GPA. 


You can learn more about the PA program and the admission requirements here.

The new Science & Innovation Center and the Physician’s Assistant Program are two of the ways that Westfield State is dedicated to supporting STEM programs and learning on campus. But they aren’t all. We’re constantly looking for ways to nurture new ideas with undergraduate research, creative activity and field work.

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