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Bridges to STEM Careers: Hands-on Student Activities

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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NSF Grantees Poster Session II

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Sadegh Davari University of Houston, Clear Lake

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Dr. Sadegh Davari, Professor of Computer Science and the Chair of Division of Computing and Mathematics in the School of Science and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, Texas 77058; (281) 283-3865;

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Nathanial David Wiggins San Jacinto College


Krishani Abeysekera University of Houston, Clear Lake

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Krishani Abeysekera received her Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Houston Clear Lake, in May 1995. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer/Systems Administrator for the School of Science and Engineering at UHCL. She is also the Program Chair of the Information Technology program. Her research interests include Computer Forensics, Security and Graphics.

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Sharon P Hall University of Houston, Clear Lake

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The Bridges to STEM Careers (BSC) project is funded by the NSF STEP program. The project is a collaborative effort between the University of Houston - Clear Lake (UHCL) and three campuses of the San Jacinto Community College district (SJC). The main goals of the project are to increase attainment of STEM associate and baccalaureate degrees, as well as to facilitate and increase transfer of STEM students across the institutions. The project focuses on increasing student engagement and persistence through the development of face-to-face and technology-enhanced learning networks, both within and across campuses. Supporting initiatives include summer orientation programs, peer and faculty mentoring, career-awareness and enhancement activities, and modest financial aid. The intellectual merit of the project lies in the strong partnership between the baccalaureate and associate institutions, well-designed and coherent project elements built on literature-based best practices and successful pilot studies, clear implementation strategies, well-planned evaluation, and extensive involvement of local STEM industries. In this paper we will provide an overview of the project elements, hands-on student activities and the lessons learned.

Davari, S., & Wiggins, N. D., & Abeysekera, K., & Hall, S. P. (2016, June), Bridges to STEM Careers: Hands-on Student Activities Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26392

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