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Board 32: Some Highlights of SESMC: Scholarships in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science – National Science Foundation S-STEM Project

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

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

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

8

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https://peer.asee.org/30007

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20

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Dominic J. Dal Bello Allan Hancock College

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Dom Dal Bello is Professor of Engineering at Allan Hancock College (AHC), a California Community College between UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is Chair of the Mathematical Sciences Department, and Principal Investigator of the NSF S-STEM grant at AHC. He is Vice Chair of the Two-Year College Division of ASEE, and Vice Chair/Community Colleges for the Pacific Southwest Section of ASEE.

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Abstract

Scholarships in Engineering, Science, Mathematics and Computer Science (SESMC, “seismic”) is an NSF S-STEM project at Allan Hancock College (AHC), a community college in Santa Maria, California. SESMC was funded at $600,000 for five-years. The first set of scholarships was awarded during academic year 2013–14, and the final set was awarded during 2017–18.

Project activities were based on four foundations blocks: Financial, Academic Skills, Involvement, and Commitment/Motivation (Figure 1). Each scholar was awarded up to $6,000 per year. Scholars were required to attend group study sessions, workshops, guest speaker talks, etc., as well as meet twice per semester with a faculty mentor in their discipline (or in a related discipline). Scholars were provided field trip opportunities, were encouraged to apply for internships, and were provided with a membership in a professional organization (e.g., ASME, IEEE).

This poster will present three elements and activities of the SESMC program, and an initial analysis of student response to each. These elements include:

1. Reduction in working hours. 2. Winter Reading Activity 3. Meetings with Faculty Mentors

A summary of the scholar status at the end of the project period is also presented.

Dal Bello, D. J. (2018, June), Board 32: Some Highlights of SESMC: Scholarships in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science – National Science Foundation S-STEM Project Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30007

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