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Board # 41 : Interim Results of an Engineering S-STEM Program

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Tanya Kunberger P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Kunberger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in the U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Kunberger received her B.C.E. and certificate in Geochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. Her areas of specialization are geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. Educational areas of interest are self-efficacy and persistence in engineering and development of an interest in STEM topics in K-12 students.

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Chris Geiger Florida Gulf Coast University

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Chris Geiger is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1999 and 2003, respectively, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1996.

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The U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University is in the fourth year of an S-STEM grant and currently engaging 35 students from freshman to senior level across every engineering program at the University. Last year witnessed a major milestone with the graduation of six individuals from the first cohort of participants. This year we anticipate to add to that number with an additional eight graduates. The program has fostered both horizontal (by class) and vertical (by major) cohort cohesiveness through various informal activities as well as overall program participant bonding through larger group experiences and a dedicated program space within the engineering building. As one of the primary goals of the proposal was to develop cohorts that met or exceeded national standards with respect to diversity, the authors find it notable that the program currently involves women and under-represented minorities in engineering at levels above those of national averages, and significantly above levels (with respect to gender and select URMs) seen in the larger engineering population at the University. This paper will discuss general program information, present programmatic activities and resources, summarize participant characteristics, and present lessons learned and future direction plans.

Kunberger, T., & Geiger, C. (2017, June), Board # 41 : Interim Results of an Engineering S-STEM Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27851

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