Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
NSF Grantees Poster Session
We are in the 4th year of a 5 year NSF S-STEM grant called PEEPS (Program for Engineering Excellence for Partner Schools). The scholarship program was designed to support students from high schools that are under-resourced, "Partner Schools," to obtain an undergraduate engineering degree at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Students receive up to $10,000/year in financial aid. The program was modeled after the Posse Foundation Scholarship program. At our university, students formed a cohort being scheduled into engineering major and support courses together during their first two years. Students also engaged in monthly advising sessions, tutoring services, engineering success courses, group socials and engineering outreach activities. Currently, we are aiding students in developing professional mentorships to aid in career choices.
Throughout the grant, we have had an AmeriCorps CSU STEM VISTA members supporting the effort in a variety of ways. There have been three different VISTAs and each has brought a strength to the program. VISTA members coordinated social events and academic tutoring. They mentored and helped students maneuver the university system. The VISTAs are supported through the California State University's Chancellors Office. This paper will outline the logistics and mechanism for the involvement of the VISTA members and their individual contributions to the NSF Grant effort.
We strongly believe other grantees should investigate the availability of this rich and diverse community of volunteers as we believe the current S-STEM grant was very much enhanced by their ongoing participation
Schlemer, L. T., & Lehr, J. L., & Liptow, E. E., & Singer, M. L., & Chen, K. C. (2018, June), Board 131: PEEPS S-STEM Partnering with Americorps CSU STEM VISTAs Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29922
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