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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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Jeffery, Kathleen A.; Frawley Cass, Samantha M.; Sweeder, Ryan D. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
This study examines differences in the ability of undergraduate students, taught in lecture-based or context-based general chemistry courses, to describe reaction kinetics. The subjects included 210 students from a residential science college at a large research university. Two open-ended questions were used to engage students' surface knowledge…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Kinetics, Lecture Method, College Science
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Kramer, Barbara; Walston, Timothy – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
An integrative introduction to the sciences and an introduction to scientific writing can provide a strong foundation for broadly trained STEM majors to explore the interconnectedness of STEM disciplines and prepare them for scientific research. These goals have been accomplished through a sequence of two first-year courses, STEM 101: Integrative…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Thinking Skills, Scientific Principles
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Mathew, Santhosh; Kashyap, Upasana – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Open Educational Resources (OER) are online teaching and learning resources available for instructors and students to utilize at no cost to them. This case study reports on the impact of OER resources on students' academic performance in an undergraduate introductory astronomy course at a 4-year private university. As part of this study, we…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Undergraduate Students, Astronomy, Science Instruction
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Hill, Erin M.; Anderson, Laurie; Finley, Brandon; Hillyard, Cinnamon; Kochanski, Mark – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
What motivates and demotivates students in their engagement in at-home work for high-stakes assignments, such as test preparation and writing and revising papers? This paper outlines a student-centered method to identify learning strategies students actually use and obstacles students actually face compared to what is reported in the literature.…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Undergraduate Students, Barriers, STEM Education
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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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Burns, Caleb; Chopra, Shweta; Shelley, Mack; Mosher, Gretchen – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
There is no doubt that college-industry collaborations are vital to the success of undergraduate students with engineering and technology majors. This collaboration provides students with an opportunity to bridge the gap between classroom education and real-world experience. Inviting industry representatives to engage in the classroom and…
Descriptors: School Business Relationship, Undergraduate Students, Colleges, Engineering Education
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Windsor, Alistair; Ivey, Stephanie – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Increasing persistence and graduation of post-secondary STEM students is a topic of significant focus and research, as are strategies for identifying barriers to success and intervening to bridge related gaps. In the case of underrepresented students, there are many challenges that may impact persistence in STEM majors, many of which, while…
Descriptors: Success, STEM Education, Disproportionate Representation, Majors (Students)
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Lisberg, Anneke; Woods, Brett – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Nearly one half of students planning to earn a STEM degree either change majors or leave college without a degree. The completion percentage is much lower for underrepresented minorities, of whom less than one third complete their STEM degree within six years. At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the STEM Boot Camp program was designed to…
Descriptors: Mentors, Learning Strategies, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students
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Murray, Susan L.; Phelps, Julie; Altabbakh, Hanan – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
It is common for college classes to contain basic information that must be mastered before learning more difficult concepts or applications. Many students struggle with learning facts, terms, or fundamental concepts; in some situations, students are even unsure about what they should study. Flashcards are a well-established educational aid for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Test Preparation, Computer Software, Instructional Materials
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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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Miller, Roxanne Greitz; Hurlock, Ashley J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Non research-intensive institutions of higher education are effective at narrowing STEM gender gaps in major selection and persistence to degree completion, yet the decision to attend such a setting is likely seen as counterintuitive when such institutions typically have lower levels of research, financial resources, and total student enrollments…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Females, STEM Education, Performance Factors
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Phelan, Shelley A.; Harding, Shannon M.; Harper-Leatherman, Amanda S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
BASE (Broadening Access to Science Education) Camp is a hands-on, two-week residential summer science experience on the Fairfield University campus in Fairfield CT, USA. The annual program targets 24 young women who attend high school in the neighboring city of Bridgeport, CT, the most economically depressed city in CT. The camp, which is free to…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Science Education, Resident Camp Programs, Summer Programs
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Savaria, Michael; Monteiro, Kristina – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Men outnumber women in the enrollment of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate majors. Course syllabi are distributed to students during open enrollment and provide key insights into the courses. A critical discourse analysis of introductory engineering syllabi at a 4-year public university revealed limited to no…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Engineering Education, Course Descriptions, Females
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Katrevich, Alina V.; Aruguete, Mara S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Our study explores the challenges of first-generation students while also examining the factors that predict success in this population. We surveyed undergraduate students to compare the academic and social support needs of first-generation and continuing-generation students. First-generation students showed lower grades and critical-thinking…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Comparative Analysis
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