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Board 91: Promoting Academic and Career Success for Raleigh Future Scholars at NC State University

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Leda Lunardi North Carolina State University

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Leda Lunardi received the BS and MS from University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil, and Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. Currently she is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Her teaching and research interests include electronics, optoelectronics, and engineering undergraduate student retention and graduation improvement. Her research has been mainly sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is a Fellow of the IEEE, member of the SWE and the ASEE, and active in the engineering education community, including serving as volunteer for panels and scholarships reviews. From 2005 to 2007 Dr. Lunardi served as Program Director for the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.

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Cheryl Cass North Carolina State University

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Cheryl Cass is a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University where she has served as the Director of Undergraduate Programs since 2011. Her research focuses on the intersection of science and engineering identity in post-secondary and graduate level programs.

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Katherine Cimorelli North Carolina State University

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Katherine Cimorelli is an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University studying Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Biomanufacturing Sciences. She has aided the program since April 2017 to manage the administration and serve as a liaison between the program directors and the students. Katherine also holds an officer position in Alpha Chi Sigma, a Professional Chemistry Fraternity, where she assists the chapter in organizing its professional activities.

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The REDACTED Scholarship Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation is designed to give economically disadvantaged undergraduate students located in the REDACTED area the financial support, mentoring, and career skills necessary to graduate from REDACTED. These resources and aid lead students to be more successful in their engineering and/or statistics careers. The program provides a financial aid package equaling 75% of in-state tuition costs each semester. Several career development activities, such as laboratory visits, mock interviews, and industry panels are also offered by this program. It provides networking opportunities with professionals in industry and academia to further develop connections leading to internships, co-ops, or research experiences. Additionally, it promotes outreach events to encourage STEM as a career path and to mentor youth in the local REDACTED community. The goal is to give scholars the tools and confidence needed to succeed after graduating from REDACTED. Surveys are conducted before and after each semester, in order to collect data on each student’s academic progress and involvement in both academic activities and community service. At the start and end of every semester the students’ long-term and short-term career goals are also updated. From the Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 academic years, 75% of scholars received higher than a 3.35 grade point average. All scholars are actively involved in extracurricular activities on campus. Eleven scholars have participated in community service, such as the Society of Women in Engineering’s event,“Be that Engineer” helping to inspire young females to consider engineering as a career path. Twelve scholars have participated in an academic and/or professional development events including research seminars, the REDACTED Engineering Career Fair, tech talks, and involvement in academic related student organizations. Fifteen out of twenty scholars have participated in an internship, co-op, or research position within the academic year. The cumulative involvement in events highlight the effectiveness of the program in connecting scholars with high impact activities.

Lunardi, L., & Cass, C., & Cimorelli, K. (2018, June), Board 91: Promoting Academic and Career Success for Raleigh Future Scholars at NC State University Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30136

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