Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
NSF Grantees Poster Session
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. https://peer.asee.org/29864
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