Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The Academically and Civically Engaged Scientist (ACES) S-STEM program is designed to help high-achieving STEM students understand their chosen professions and vocations as giving them a responsibility as citizens to serve their community, nation, and the world. The objectives of this program are to (1) recruit diverse students to STEM fields, (2) Retain 85% of scholarship recipients in a STEM field, (3) Increase the civic mindedness and engagement among participants, and (4) Achieve a STEM placement for 90% of the program graduates. In order to meet these objectives, the PI team has implemented a series of well-established methods. Scholarships are awarded to make college more accessible and allow more time for educational opportunities through reduced need for outside employment. The group of ACES students are formed into a cohort to provide a support structure in a community of like-minded scholars with diverse backgrounds. That support structure is enhanced through mentoring relationships with peers, faculty, and alumni who can share experiences and direct students to resources. Finally, students work in teams to complete impactful projects that show them the relevance of the STEM disciplines to the important problems of the world. Throughout all of these activities, students are given ownership of their experiences through choices in the classes, projects, and activities that lead to the learning objectives of the program. Additionally, the students are encouraged to reflect regularly on their experiences, becoming more self-aware and better able to contribute to their society. The ACES program has benefited from partnerships across the campus of Wartburg College, liberal-arts private 4-year institution in Northeast Iowa. This program received funding from the National Science Foundation in the summer of 2013 and is now at the halfway point of the project implementation. This paper will present an overview of the methods implemented as well as lessons learned through the project’s implementation with three cohorts of students and preliminary results of assessment efforts.
Faidley, L. E., & DeVries, C. A., & Birgen, M. (2018, June), Board 39: S-STEM: Academically and Civically Engaged Scientists – Mid-Project Progress Report Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30023
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