June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The major goal of the North Carolina State University STEM Scholars Program is to create an academic support system for economically disadvantaged students living in the Raleigh geographical area to successfully graduate from NC State University. The program offers a comprehensive package of financial, mentoring, and career support to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in engineering and statistics disciplines, which includes 75% of in-state tuition costs. Some other activities of our scholarship program provide career-building activities such as industry visits with partner companies and mock job interviews that bolster students’ professional confidence and better prepare them for their careers. For students interested in research, the scholarship program connects them with faculty on campus, thus allowing them to further explore their interests by conducting undergraduate research.
We have established a framework for recruiting candidates on the practices developed in the first two years for the program. Following admission to NC State engineering or statistics programs, candidates complete an online application. For the 2016-17 recruitment cycle, 22 candidates were invited for face-to-face interviews, from which eight (8) were selected as scholarship recipients.
During the 2015-16 academic year, six scholars, two in 2015 Fall and four in 2016 Spring graduated: all accomplished with a GPA better than 3.4 in four years from admission at NC State and/or two year transferred from community colleges. From those six, five are enrolled in graduate school pursuing at least master degree in their major field of undergraduate concentration. One graduate who did not pursue graduate school is working as electrical engineer in a major corporation.
Within the current cohort of STEM scholars, all have been involved in extracurricular activities: seven have been research undergraduates on campus (two completed off-campus REU programs), four have participated in co-ops/industry internships, one completed a study abroad, and two have been counselors or elected in leadership societies.
Cass, C., & Lunardi, L., & Gordon, O. C. (2017, June), Board # 44 : Promoting academic and career success for Raleigh Future Scholars at NC State Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27856
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