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A Nsf Supported S Stem Scholarship Program For Recruitment And Retention Of Underrepresented Ethnic And Women Students In Engineering

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Attracting Young Minds: Part II

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Minorities in Engineering

Page Count

25

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14.80.1 - 14.80.25

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https://peer.asee.org/5018

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Anant Kukreti University of Cincinnati

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ANANT R. KUKRETI, Ph.D., is an Associate Dean for Engineering Education Research and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (UC). He joined UC on 8/15/00 and before that worked 22 years at University of Oklahoma. He teaches structural engineering, with research in experimental and finite element analysis of structures. He has won five major university teaching awards, two Professorships, two national ASEE teaching awards, and is internationally recognized in his primary research field.

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Kenneth Simonson University of Cincinnati

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KENNETH SIMONSON joined University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ohio, USA as the Assistant Director of the Emerging Ethnic Engineering (E3) Program in 1989, was promoted to the Director's position in 1996, and to Director of Academics in 2001.

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Kathleen Johnson University of Cincinnati

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KATHLEEN JOHNSON is Director of Undergraduate Student Enrollment Management and Director of the Rowe Center for Women in Engineering (RCWE), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Ms. Johnson obtained her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

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Latiera Evans University of Cincinnati

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LATIERA BRUNSON EVANS is a Post Doctoral Fellow and Research Associate in the Evaluation Services center, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ohio, USA.

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A NSF-Supported S-STEM Scholarship Program for Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Ethnic and Women Students in Engineering

Abstract

This paper describes a scholarship project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s S- STEM Program, to enhance recruitment of underrepresented ethnic and women undergraduate students in engineering. The objective is to use financial aid to attract these populations and provide an academic support environment that will assist in completion of their baccalaureate engineering degree while preparing them for graduation school. The recruiting strategy included using data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA) form to develop a competitive financial aide award for prospective S-STEM Scholars. We concentrated on students with high need. The University’s Emerging Ethnic Engineers (E3) Program and the College of Engineering Rowe Center for Women in Engineering (RCWE) assisted in identifying qualified candidates. S-STEM Scholars participate in activities executed using the resources and manpower available through the E3 and RCWE programs, and include the following: (1) a Summer Bridge Program, which will provide seven weeks of preparation in Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and English prior to the students' freshman year; (2) cooperative learning courses in the first year math and science courses; (3) monthly socials which provide an opportunity to interact with successful professionals from industry and academia; (4) supplemental classes in freshmen Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry to provide a solid foundation to build-on; (5) continuation of cooperative learning classes in sophomore in Differential Equations; (6) interacting with a select group of department Faculty Advisors and Project Coordinators during their full undergraduate program; (7) participating in a Corporate Mentoring Program which includes shadowing and opportunity to understand the corporate world and skills needed to succeed in it; (8) participating in a mandatory six-quarter internship and paid cooperative education program, which places students in the work-place; (9) forming a community of learners who have goals and aspirations that are similar to their own; (10) development of a community service component for the S-STEM Scholars; and (11) participating in a special Pathway to Graduate School Program to guide and motivate talented underrepresented engineering students to prepare for and pursue graduate studies. The paper describes the implementation of the project and the evaluation results from the first year of the project.

Introduction

In a world of rapidly changing technology, the knowledge explosion, and the expanding global economy, there is growing concern regarding the American ability to remain competitive [1-4]. In the 2006 State of The Union Address, Former President Bush announced the American Competitiveness Initiative, stressing education as the gateway to opportunity and the foundation of a knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy. However, gaps in race/ethnicity and gender at entry and in completion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs indicate the U.S. struggle to develop a diverse workforce that can compete globally. While intervention programs help narrow these gaps, improvements have been incremental. Some studies have shown that underrepresented (i.e., all women and ethnic men) students drop

Kukreti, A., & Simonson, K., & Johnson, K., & Evans, L. (2009, June), A Nsf Supported S Stem Scholarship Program For Recruitment And Retention Of Underrepresented Ethnic And Women Students In Engineering Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5018

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