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Board 158: NSF Bridges to STEM Careers

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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

Tagged Topics

Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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11

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https://peer.asee.org/29961

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Nathanial David Wiggins San Jacinto College

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Nathanial Wiggins has a Bachelor's from University of Colorado, a Master's from University of Houston - Clear Lake, and is working towards a PhD from Texas Tech University. Additionally, he holds a Systems Engineering certification. He works as a Professor of Engineering and Mathematics at San Jacinto College, is Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation award Bridges to STEM Careers, and is a lead faculty for AI-Tech Lab North Campus. He is a Men of Honor mentor and leads student mentors. His favorite humanoid robot is a small one with a blue head that does pushups.

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Sadegh Davari University of Houston, Clear Lake

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Dr. Sadegh Davari, Professor of Computer Science and the Chair of Department of Computing Sciences in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, Texas 77058; (281) 283-3865; Davari@uhcl.edu.

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Sharon Perkins Hall University of Houston, Clear Lake

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Krishani Abeysekera University of Houston Clear Lake

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Krishani Abeysekera received her Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Houston Clear Lake, in May 1995. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer/Systems Administrator for the School of Science and Engineering at UHCL. She is also the Program Chair of the Information Technology program. Her research interests include Computer Forensics, Security and Graphics.

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Norman H. Liebling San Jacinto College

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I have a “B.S. in Mathematics” from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a “Master of Science in Engineering Management” from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. (ABD) in Computer Science from the University of Houston (Main Campus). In addition, I have completed graduate courses at San Jose State University in mathematics and graduate courses in business at the University of Houston (Clear Lake).
My teaching experience spans over 40 years. This including teaching computer science and computer information technology at San Jacinto College for thirty seven years and as an adjunct at the University of Houston (Clear Lake), for over thirty years, teaching computer science.
I served two years as a Lieutenant in the US Army Intelligence and Security Agency, conducted computer research on Project MAC at MIT and started my own computer software business

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James LeRoy Meeks San Jacinto College

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I am the lead professor in the field of Cyber security at San Jacinto College. In my tenure at San Jacinto College I have also developed other programs in the field of Computer Technology.

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Abstract

The NSF Bridges to STEM Careers program is a five-year collaborative grant between University of Houston – Clear Lake and San Jacinto College under the NSF S-STEP program and is in its last year of the grant, with ongoing funding and support. The purpose of the research is to increase student success in STEM fields between the colleges with focus on mathematics, physics, computer science and computer engineering. The elements of the grant are Summer Orientations, Tech Fridays, STEM Challenge, Peer Mentoring and Scholarships. A centralized BSC website and social media site hosted by peer mentors allows for event registration and information dissemination. Peer mentoring in gateway classes have increased retention and success through courses, such as College Algebra, while project mentoring helps students prepare for transfer and eventually Senior Design and industry careers. Out of class activities, such as Tech Fridays and the STEM Challenge, allow students to learn new skills and gain insight on exciting directions of local industry advancements. The resulting partnerships allow BSC students to gain internships and valued skills for later careers. Internal and external advisory boards allow for ongoing evaluation and feedback and an external evaluator allows data to be gathered from the student experience. Goals and objectives for each of the grant elements have been met, with dissemination ongoing. The transfer rates and graduation rates have been exceeded and the colleges have been commended for their results. Collaboration with K12 systems, public libraries, and industry partners have allowed the collaborative colleges to recruit and retain students. Grant funds and competition awards allow ongoing collaborative service-learning research with industry partners, including NASA. Strong project success coupled with graduation and retention success indicate that the multifaceted approach is effective for the minority-serving region and observational data shows that the approach builds confidence and public speaking skills.

Wiggins, N. D., & Davari, S., & Hall, S. P., & Abeysekera, K., & Liebling, N. H., & Meeks, J. L. (2018, June), Board 158: NSF Bridges to STEM Careers Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29961

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