Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
One of the most successful program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is its S-STEM program. In order to sustain the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy, the NSF S-STEM program “addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).” There are 834 active S-STEM programs at over 500 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions in the United States. At the authors’ institution, there are four NSF S-STEM programs currently funded and many more funded early. However, the program the authors belong went through transformation of being a mainly teaching unit to research oriented within the last decade. The S-STEM project they were awarded in 2015 allow them enhance their transformation and “identify and develop future technology leaders” to ensure success of more students both on campus and after they graduate. In this paper, the authors detail their journey writing and implementing successful S-STEM proposal, and sharing the lessons learned in the process. In addition to providing scholarship for 20 promising students, the S-STEM grant will also allow the team of faculty developing and testing new mechanism and programs that have the potential to enrich students experience during their higher-education tenure as well as after they graduate and join the professional workforce. The paper also details the impact of the project have on students, faculty, programs, and the department, including strategies that we implemented and those successfully engaged scholars and their fellow students, enhanced their learning experience on campus, and increased the retention and timely graduation rate of the scholars. In addition, reflecting on what we did, what we achieved, and the lessons we learned, we share our categorization of the decisions and choices we have to make while implementing the program and provide a flow chart to aid such decision making process.
Yuan, X., & Malki, H., & Moges, M. A. (2018, June), Board 163: Implementing a Successful S-STEM Project on SETS in an Urban Large Public University Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29968
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