Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
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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