Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
With support from the NSF S-STEM program, the Aerospace and Industrial Engineering (ASPIRE) program provides scholarships to academically talented, full-time aerospace and industrial engineering students with demonstrated financial need, and enhances the educational experience of ASPIRE students through mentoring and networking events. The objectives of the ASPIRE program are to 1) prepare students for the workforce, 2) provide educational opportunities while reducing the need for external employment, 3) increase student retention in engineering, 4) increase students’ engineering self-efficacy, 5) increase recruitment of aerospace and industrial engineering students, and 6) encourage students to pursue advanced degrees.
The ASPIRE program strengthens and supports students through a program of mentoring, networking, and academic design. The primary features of the program include continuous mentoring of all ASPIRE fellows (by peers, faculty, and industry representatives), four face-to-face interactions per semester, and enrollment in common courses. Face-to-face interactions have included informational seminars such as “Resume Dos and Don’ts” and “Study Skills: Why Cramming Doesn’t Work” as well as breakfasts with industry guests and plant tours.
A total of 36 undergraduate ASPIRE Fellows will have been directly supported over the five year duration of the project. Eligible applicants are evaluated based on financial need, academic talent, and interest in the field. ASPIRE Fellows receive a $2,500 per semester award for up to eight semesters. The Fellows’ progress is monitored from both an academic stand point (i.e., GPA) and a personal development standpoint (i.e., relationship with mentors). The ASPIRE program success is determined by retention and graduation rates, combined with surveys that collect information about ASPIRE students’ external employment and perceptions of the program.
This paper presents details of the ASPIRE program including descriptions of the recruitment and selection process, mentoring program, networking events, and academic design programs. Additionally, the design of the assessment and evaluation plan and data from the 2016-2017 cohort will be reported.
Strawderman, L., & Sullivan, R. W., & Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J. (2018, June), Board 142: Recruitment, Mentoring, and Retention through the Aerospace and Industrial Engineering (ASPIRE) Scholarship Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29943
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