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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
Our University is a minority serving institution and considered a low-income serving institution. Therefore, many of our College of Engineering (COE) students have to work off-campus to meet financial needs and have limited opportunities to participate in on-campus activities focusing on their major. An interdisciplinary faculty team from mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, biomedical engineering and chemical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering created a Scholarship Program for Undergraduate Retention and Success (SPURS) in Spring 2016.
The proposed program consists of an integrated approach to increase the number and graduation rate of undergraduate students who enroll in the College of Engineering. As financial constraints are a major disincentive for students to enroll and persist, this project combines scholarships with other forms of academic and professional support to ensure students are retained and complete a B.S. Engineering degree. The program is specifically designed to develop outstanding graduates through training in required workshops in critical thinking, communication, professional development and research in addition to providing students with optional opportunities in research, internships or K-12 STEM outreach programs. On average, each scholarship is $8,000 a year and covers about 90% of the yearly tuition cost. This paper discusses the mentoring provided, the workshop series developed, student performance, lessons learned and insights gained, which it is transferable to other universities. Since the SPURS program started there have been 34 fellows with a new cohort starting Fall 2019. The number of female and minority students in the program was higher (38% women and 74% minorities) than the target goals which was 33% for female students.
Shipley, H., & Castillo-Villar, K. K., & Yuen, T. (2020, June), A Student Success Program for Engineering Undergraduate Students to Improve Retention and Graduation Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34057
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