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Gregor Johann Mendel (20 July 1822 – 6 January 1884) was a scientist, Augustinian Friar, and abbot. Born to a German-speaking family in the Austrian Empire (a part that is toay's Czech Republic), he drew on the long-standing experience of cross-breeding and hybridization. His experiments with pea plants established many of the rules of heredity still accepted today. Mendel's observations of inheritance led him to coin the terms "recessive" and "dominant" to describe the transmission of genetic traits.


But the significance of his work was not recognized until the turn of the 20th century when his laws were rediscovered and independently verified. Now he is considered the "father of genetics."


Gregor Mendel ("Father of Genetics")


The Catholic STEM initiative will regularly make our Catholic educators aware of resources and events that serve to develop STEM education in our Catholic schools.

STEM Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education

The University of St. Thomas' Schools of Engineering and Education provide a STEM graduate certificate in Engineering Education.


The STEM graduate certificate is designed for in-service P-12 educators who want hands-on experience in STEM education with engineering. The STEM graduate certificate program is a rigorous introduction to integrated STEM engineering content, with an emphasis placed on how to apply the material in P-12 STEM classrooms. The STEM graduate courses are taught in the UST School of Engineering facilities by faculty with a wide range of engineering and education experience.

The STEM certificate program consists of four classes (12 credits):

  • EGED 530 Fundamentals of Engineering (3 credits)

  • EGED 531 Engineering Design (3 credits)

  • TEGR 528 Engineering in the P-12 Classroom (3 credits)

  • an Engineering Elective (3 credits) including EGED 612, EGED 613, EGED 614, EGED 699

Classes are offered throughout the year in formats including summer intensives, weekend classes, and courses with weekly meetings throughout the semester.


Scholarships Available

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Graduate Engineering at if you have any questions. 

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