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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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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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Piper, Jon K.; Krehbiel, Dwight – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
To attract and retain more academically qualified students to science and mathematics, we developed a merit-based scholarship program for incoming students with STEM interests. Scholarship recipients participate for the first two years in an interdisciplinary learning community and declare a STEM major by the sophomore year. STEM Learning…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Seminars
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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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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