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Board 153: A Rolling Stone: Evaluation of one NSF S-STEM Program through Successive Grant Periods

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Scott Steinbrink Gannon University

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Dr. Scott Steinbrink is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering.

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Karinna M. Vernaza Gannon University

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Dr. Karinna Vernaza joined Gannon University in 2003, and she is the current Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Business and a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Her B.S. is in Marine Systems Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. She was awarded the 2012 ASEE NCS Outstanding Teacher Award, 2013 Gannon University Distinguished Faculty Award and 2013-2014 Gannon University Faculty Award for Excellence in Service-Learning. Dr. Vernaza does research in engineering education (active learning techniques) and high-strain deformation of materials. She is currently the PI of an NSF S-STEM and ADVANCE-PAID grants. She is serving a two-year term (2017-19) as the chair of the ASEE North Central Section Executive Board.

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Barry J. Brinkman Gannon University


Lin Zhao Gannon University

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Lin Zhao received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada in 2006. She received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees both in Electrical Engineering from Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 1993 and 1996 respectively. From 1996 to 2002, she was a Faculty Member with the School of Control Science and Engineering and the School of Electrical Engineering, Shandong University. From 2002 to 2007, she was first a Research and Teaching Assistant and then a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Applied Electrostatic Research Center, the University of Western Ontario. Since 2007, she has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gannon University, Erie, PA, where she is currently an Associate Professor. Her research interests include electrical machinery design, modeling and analysis of electric drives, and control of electric drives.

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In 2008, XXXXX University was awarded a National Science Foundation S-STEM grant, which provided scholarship funding in engineering and computer sciences for academically talented students having financial need. The program developed at XXXXX University was designed to be quite extensive, providing an educational experience emphasizing not only technical mastery, but personal and professional development and community service through partnerships with nonprofit organizations in the local community. At the time of its development, the program was one-of-a-kind, providing a unique tool to marry technical education with the community-service mission of the university. The program developed and lessons learned through the four years of that grant activity were previously detailed in another publication. Since that first grant was implemented, two more such grants have been awarded which have allowed the program at XXXXX University to continue and evolve. The second four-year grant award period has been completed, and the most recent grant activity is in the midst of its first year. In the current paper, the authors describe lessons taken from the first grant activity, responsive changes made in the second grant activity, further lessons taken from that second grant and proposed responses to be incorporated in the current iteration of the grant. Topics of this paper include additional features which have been implemented in order to foster better diversity in the program, observations about student motivation as a result of grant activities, thoughts on how to increase interdisciplinarity of projects, how to better and more effectively interact with “clients,” lessons taken about assessment of student progress (along with warning signs of imminent trouble) and planned actions to improve student success outcomes.

Steinbrink, S., & Vernaza, K. M., & Brinkman, B. J., & Zhao, L. (2018, June), Board 153: A Rolling Stone: Evaluation of one NSF S-STEM Program through Successive Grant Periods Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29956

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