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Board 108: Elites: A STEM Leadership Program

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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15

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https://peer.asee.org/29871

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Jean Mistele Radford University

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Dr. Jean Mistele is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Radford University.
She is a mathematics educator with research interests, in addition to STEM education, students understanding and cognitive development of probability and statistics, the connection between reading comprehension and solving mathematics problems for elementary students, and academic motivation.

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Sandra Nicks Baker Radford University

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Sandra Baker is the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Improvement at Radford University. She has a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Saint Louis University and has been involved in academic assessment for over 20 years.

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Sarah L. Strout Worcester State University

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Dr. Sarah Strout is the Assistant Vice President for Assessment and Planning at Worcester State University and was the Associate Director of Assessment at Radford University.

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Prem Uppuluri Radford University

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Prem Uppuluri is a Professor of Computer Science at Radford University. His primary interests are in cyber security and computer science education. Dr. Uppuluri's work is supported by grants from NSF and NSA. He is the PI of the NSF S-STEM project titled RU-Nextgen (2014-18)

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Abstract

In this article, we describe the Emerging Leaders in Technology, Science and Mathematics (Elites) program developed as part of an NSF S-STEM grant awarded to Radford University’s Artis College of Science and Technology. The S-STEM grant supports scholarships for meritorious students with financial need. Elites was designed to incentivize student participation in high impact activities that would help them develop their careers as they are progressing through their degree. Coupled with strong advising, the Elites program’s overarching goal was to increase retention among scholarship recipients and help them continue to pursue STEM related careers. This paper presents the successes and challenges of the Elites program as measured using focus group interviews and using an academic motivational tool: MUSIC (Jones, 2009). The salient result of the assessment was that while students showed greater motivation in defining and reaching their professional goals, the program struggled to create a sense of community.

Mistele, J., & Baker, S. N., & Strout, S. L., & Uppuluri, P. (2018, June), Board 108: Elites: A STEM Leadership Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29871

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