East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

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ESU Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

East Stroudsburg University’s (ESU) Clear Path and ESportsU Foundation programs received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). ESU will be featured, along with 49 other recipients, in the September 2019 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.


 Points of Pride

For the second consecutive year, ESU is among the top colleges and universities nationwide being recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as a member of the 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer. Other institutions joining ESU in this honor include: Ohio State University, Iowa State University, the University of Arizona and University of Kansas.​

ESU’s G3 Design Lab was one of the first three Stratasys Super Labs in the world. When Stratasys, a corporation that leads the world in 3D printers, launched the J750 3D printer in 2015, the company provided only three universities in the world with the new printer: ESU, Columbia University and New York University. This technology now provides ESU students with state-of-the-art experiences in the exciting field of additive manufacturing.

In a report released December 2015 by The Education Trust, Rising Tide: Do College Grad Rate Gains Benefit All Students?, ESU was ranked sixth among the 255 institutions in exhibiting exceptional improvements in graduation rates and diminished gaps for underrepresented minority students (URMs).

In the largest single grant ever awarded to ESU, the National Science Foundation granted $4 million to help transfer students complete their education at ESU in the fields of science, technology and math. The five-year grant for the project -- dubbed “Clear Path” -- provides scholarships for about 120 students who start their education at community colleges and transfer to ESU for bachelor’s degrees in such fields as biochemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics.

Blaise Delfino’14 M’16, a two-time ESU graduate from Bethlehem, Pa., earned first place in the collegiate sector of the TecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition in April 2017 winning more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Delfino’s company, Fader Plugs LLC, created first-of-its-kind, patent-pending adjustable earplugs. The design of the earplugs allows the wearer to adjust noise levels without taking the plug out of the ear.

 Notable Alumni

​Melissa Shaw M’11- Co-founder of Lyme-Aid, a tick testing kit for people and pets. Lyme-Aid is the first student-faculty research project commercialized in the history of ESU.

James Franklin ‘95 – Named Penn State’s 16th head coach in 2017. 

Dr. Sam Niedbala ’82  - Founder of OraSure Technologies, Inc. (and later OraQuick) in 1989, the first rapid HIV tests in the U.S. that were approved for use with blood and saliva.  Since then, Niedbala has been responsible for development of new products and technologies.

Audrey Kohl Doberstein ’53 - President emerita of Wilmington University (1979-2006) and the first woman to head a four-year institution in the state of Delaware.​

Len Lehman ’94 and Dan DiZio ’95 - Founding partners of Philly Pretzel Factory. DiZio was featured on CBS’s "Undercover Boss" in 2012 and served as ESU’s inaugural speaker for the president’s distinguished entrepreneur speaker series.


Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.

Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.

President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. is the driving force behind exciting initiatives at ESU including collaborative degree programs with universities locally and abroad, the first commercial licensing agreement of faculty/student research at ESU and PASSHE, and Monroe County’s first-ever Economic Outlook Summit. Passionate about serving ESU students and the local community in which she lives, she serves on the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus Advisory Board, the NEPA Association of Colleges and Universities, Women’s Resources of Monroe County Board, and more. President Welsh is also a member of the Marine Science Consortium board of directors. Follow her on Twitter @PresidentWelsh! Learn more.