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Board 104: ECE Scholars: NSF S-STEM Grant

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Agnieszka Miguel Seattle University

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Agnieszka Miguel received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from the University of Washington, and MSEE and BSEE from Florida Atlantic University in 1996 and 1994. Dr. Miguel's professional interests involve image processing, machine learning, and engineering education especially active learning, diversity, retention, and recruitment. Her teaching interests include MATLAB, circuits, linear systems, and digital image processing. She is a member of the IEEE, ASEE, SWE, and Tau Beta Pi.
Currently, Dr. Miguel is the Chair of the ASEE Professional Interest Council I (PIC I) and Vice Chair of PICs, a position that gives her a seat on the ASEE Executive Board of Directors. She has held several other officer positions across the ASEE including: ASEE Pacific Northwest (PNW) Section Chair (2015 - 2017), Division Chair and Program Chair of the ECE and New Engineering Educators Divisions, and ASEE Campus Representative. Dr. Miguel is also a member-at-large of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) Board of Directors. She has been a member of the ECEDHA Annual Conference Program Committee since 2013.

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The National Science Foundation awarded the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at XYZ University a “Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM)” grant. The $611k “XYZ ECE Scholars” grant provided scholarships to academically talented and financially needy junior-year students who transferred to the ECE Department from two- and four-year colleges. Over the five years of the grant duration, 32 students were awarded up to $10,000 per student and per year during the two years needed to complete their Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree. The main objective of the ECE Scholars program was to increase the number of electrical engineering students graduating from XYZ University and entering the engineering workforce. XYZ ECE scholars received financial, academic, professional development, and community building support to ensure their successful progression toward the BSEE degree. Student support services included peer tutoring, informal study partners, industry mentorship program, professional development seminars, and social activities. In this paper, we discuss both the qualitative and quantitative results of this grant. We report on the academic achievement of the scholars and their career choices after graduation. We also summarize the outcomes of focus groups held twice a year with the ECE scholars. The paper provides lessons learned and suggestions for those who would like to implement a similar program at their institutions.

Miguel, A. (2018, June), Board 104: ECE Scholars: NSF S-STEM Grant Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29864

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