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Swift, Michael C.; Bowers, Lisa; McDonald, Eric; Walter, Anne – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
St. Olaf College recently restructured its Summer Bridge Program (SBP) course for incoming low-income (LI) and first-generation (FG) college students from a non-major biology course, "Issues in Biology," to an interdisciplinary "Explorations in Science" course. Two significant changes were made with the intention of giving…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Transitional Programs, Low Income Students, First Generation College Students
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Yang, Dazhi; Xu, Dianxiang; Yeh, Jyh-haw; Fan, Yibo – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Undergraduate research opportunities have expanded from elite universities in the United States to universities and institutions of all ranks and sizes. Research studies have shown positive outcomes in regards to the research experience for undergraduates (REU), such as enhanced research skills and competencies. However, with the widespread…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Computer Security, Information Security
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Autenrieth, Robin L.; Lewis, Chance W.; Butler-Purry, Karen L. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Ongoing efforts across the U.S. to encourage K-12 students to consider engineering careers have been motivated by concerns that the workforce pipeline for this profession is shrinking. Enlightening K-12 teachers about engineering is one strategy to encourage student interest in the discipline. The Enrichment Experiences in Engineering…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Instruction, Summer Science Programs, Teacher Effectiveness
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Cudney, Elizabeth A.; Ezzell, Julie M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Educational institutions are consistently looking for ways to prepare students for the competitive workforce. Various methods have been utilized to interpret human differences, such as learning preferences and motivation, in order to make the curriculum more valuable. The objective of this research was to determine the impact of new teaching…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Instructional Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students
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Lakin, Joni M.; Han, Yi; Davis, Edward – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The "Grand Challenges" for Engineering are an effort to portray engineering as a field that has profound impacts on society. This study explores the level of interest first-year engineering students had in various "Grand Challenges" and in nanotechnology topics. We administered a survey to a large sample of students enrolled in…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Molecular Structure, Technology, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Nair, Priya; Ankeny, Casey J.; Ryan, Justin; Okcay, Murat; Frakes, David H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
We investigated the use of a new system, HemoFlow™, which utilizes state of the art technologies such as particle image velocimetry to test endovascular devices as part of an undergraduate biomedical engineering curriculum. Students deployed an endovascular stent into an anatomical model of a cerebral aneurysm and measured intra-aneurysmal flow…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Biomedicine, Undergraduate Students, Pretests Posttests
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Kassaee, Ameneh Mahrou; Rowell, Ginger Holmes – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Researchers have confirmed that students' motivation is one of the most important factors educators can target to improve learning (Williams & Williams, 2011). This study explored the role which student's motivation played in the retention of first-time, full-time freshman (FTFTF) STEM majors at University (U) (blinded). Student motivational…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Intervention, STEM Education, Student Motivation
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Burgher, J. K.; Finkel, D.; Adesope, O. O.; Van Wie, B. J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
This study used a within-subjects experimental design to compare the effects of learning with lecture and hands-on desktop learning modules (DLMs) in a fluid mechanics and heat transfer class. The hands-on DLM implementation included the use of worksheets and one of two heat exchangers: an evaporative cooling device and a shell and tube heat…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Learning Modules, Mechanics (Physics)
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Bowling, Bethany; Doyle, Maureen; Taylor, Jennifer; Antes, Alison – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Efforts to improve retention in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors frequently utilize peer mentors and/or leaders. At Northern Kentucky University, the STEM Ambassador (SA) program involves students in the creation of a STEM community through multifaceted roles as mentors, peer-learning facilitators, and social…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), School Holding Power, Mentors
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Wei, Tie; Ford, Julie – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
This article provides information about the integration of innovative hands-on activities within a sophomore-level Fluid Mechanics course at New Mexico Tech. The course introduces students to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics with emphasis on teaching key equations and methods of analysis for solving real-world problems. Strategies and examples…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Educational Innovation, Hands on Science
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Yelamarthi, Kumar; Mawasha, P. Ruby – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2008
This paper summarizes the findings of a twenty year old pre-engineering program that is aimed at improving both the recruitment and retention of under-represented students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Wright Science Technology and Engineering Preparatory Program (STEPP) was initiated in 1988 for…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering Education, First Generation College Students, Program Effectiveness
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Wright, A. S.; Wu, X.; Frye, C. A.; Mathur, A. B.; Patrick, C. W., Jr. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2007
A Biomedical Engineering Internship Program conducted within a Comprehensive Cancer Center over a 10 year period was assessed and evaluated. Although this is a non-traditional location for an internship, it is an ideal site for a multidisciplinary training program for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. We made a…
Descriptors: Biomedicine, Engineering Education, Internship Programs, Summer Programs
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Ford, Julie Dyke – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2006
This article presents the results of a small-scale empirical study investigating engineering students' perceptions of writing in the classroom and workplace. It asks questions regarding the types and frequency of documents engineering students have written in school and internship settings, and it reveals both the strategies used to complete those…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Investigations, Workplace Literacy
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Pinsker, Robert – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2004
EXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is a non-proprietary, computer language that has many uses. Known primarily as the Extensible Markup Language (XML) for business reporting, XBRL allows entities to report their business information (i.e., financial statements, announcements, etc.) on the Internet and communicate with other entities'…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Programming Languages, Business Administration Education, Accounting