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Van Hoof, Thomas J.; Walsh, Stephen J.; Missal, Jacob; Burkey, Daniel D. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
The science of learning (learning science) is an emerging interdisciplinary field that concerns itself with how the brain learns and remembers important information. The authors describe an innovative extracurricular program that introduced first-year undergraduate students in engineering to learning science, specifically the biological steps in…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Extracurricular Activities, Engineering Education, College Freshmen
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Achat-Mendes, Cindy; Anfuso, Chantelle; Johnson, Cynthia; Shepler, Ben; Hurst-Kennedy, Jennifer; Pinzon, Katherine; Simmons, Rashad; Dekhane, Sonal; Savage, Jamye; Sudduth, Elizabeth; D'Costa, Allison; Leader, Tirza; Pursell, David; Runck, Clay; Awong-Taylor, Judy – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Georgia Gwinnett College, an access institution serving the most diverse student body of southeast colleges, was awarded National Science Foundation and University System of Georgia STEM-Education Improvement grants to help our students meet the evolving needs of STEM education. One of the initiatives emerging from these resources is the Peer…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Study, Student Diversity, Peer Teaching
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D'Souza, Malcolm J.; Shuman, Kevin E.; Wentzien, Derald E.; Roeske, Kristopher P. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Wesley College secured a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM (scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) grant (1355554) to provide affordability and access to its robust STEM programs. With these funds, the college initiated a freshman to senior level, mixed-cohort, Cannon Scholar (CS) learning community…
Descriptors: Grants, Access to Education, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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Snyder, Jennifer; Cudney, Elizabeth A. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
During the last decade, there have been numerous reports detailing the importance of increasing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors in the United States. Simultaneously, an increasing number of studies are being developed to predict a student's success and completion of a STEM degree, recognizing that retention is a…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Majors (Students), STEM Education
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Medsker, Larry; Allard, Lee; Tucker, Lucas J.; O'Donnell, Jodi L.; Sterne-Marr, Rachel; Bannon, Jon; Finn, Rose; Weatherwax, Allan – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The Tech Valley Scholars (TVS) program included 38 students who joined this program over the course of three academic years, from 2009 to 2012. These students comprise the experimental group for this study to determine if participating in the NSF-funded Tech Valley Scholars program improved academic outcomes. The experimental group was compared to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Randomized Controlled Trials, Majors (Students), Grade Point Average
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Kalevitch, Maria; Maurer, Cheryl; Badger, Paul; Holdan, Greg; Sirinterlikci, Arif – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (SEMS) at Robert Morris University (RMU) was awarded a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund scholarships to 21 academically talented but financially challenged students majoring in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Each…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering Education, Grants, Scholarships
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McGonagle, Alyssa K.; Freake, Hedley C.; Zinn, Steven; Bauerle, Timothy; Winston, Jeffrey; Lewicki, Gary; Jehnings, Marcia; Khan-Bureau, Diba; Philion, Melissa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
The STRONG-CT alliance between four U.S. institutions, the University of Connecticut, Manchester Community College, Quinebaug Valley Community College, and Three Rivers Community College, seeks to help diversify and enlarge the STEM communities in Connecticut by increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation of racial/ethnic minority and first…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Program Evaluation, Partnerships in Education, Community Colleges
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Yelamarthi, Kumar; Mawasha, P. Ruby – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2010
A scholarship program offers enrichment, support, higher recruitment and retention, improved professional development towards employment, and increased graduate opportunities for underrepresented groups. In this paper, it is postulated that the development of a successful and competitive scholarship program is dependent on several variables…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Scholarships, Student Recruitment, School Holding Power
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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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Lam, Paul C.; Srivatsan, Tirumalai; Doverspike, Dennis; Vesalo, John; Mawasha, P. Ruby – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2005
This paper summarizes the findings of a ten year study on a Pre-Engineering program aimed at dramatically improving both the recruitment and retention of under-represented students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at The University of Akron. The primary goal of this study was to evaluate The University of…
Descriptors: College Students, Engineering, Engineering Education, Disproportionate Representation