New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Bridges to STEM Careers: A Student Mentor Perspective
A team of student mentors has been developed with the goal of increasing the availability of opportunities for student success and retention as STEM students transition from large urban community colleges to a four-year university. In the first two years of the affiliated NSF STEP grant, the mentor team has worked to provide activities for students, including summer orientation sessions, Tech Fridays, mentoring and tutoring sessions, an annual STEM challenge, and BSC clubs on four campuses. 15 students have acted as mentors, session leaders, tutors and club leaders. Mentors attend the Computer Science 1 and Computer Science 2 classes, hold weekly recitation sessions, and office hours during which students in a number of mathematics, computer engineering, and computing courses can find tutoring help. In addition, the student mentors encourage student participation in competitions such as design challenges, hackathons, and other STEM related activities outside the classroom. These activities and competitions allow students to network, develop cross-disciplinary skills, build hands on experience, and apply critical thinking while being exposed to “real world” problem solving situations. Approximately 140 different students have participated in one or more events, and each event has been assessed by an external reviewer. Mentors from the four campuses have chances to interact during combined BSC club meetings, Tech Fridays and the STEM Challenge. We propose that a model similar to this could be successfully and beneficially implemented more widely, with the goal of increasing both interest and retention in STEM fields.
Early, C. E., & Velazco, J. D., & Rosales, M., & Cantu, E. (2016, June), Bridges to STEM Careers: A Student Mentor Persective Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26389
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2016 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015