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Challenges, Opportunities, and Impacts of S-STEM Projects: Insights for Institutional Capacity Building at Minority-serving Institutions

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Institutional Capacity and Supportive Structures in Engineering Education

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

18

DOI

10.18260/p.26472

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https://peer.asee.org/26472

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131

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Yvette E. Pearson P.E. University of Texas, Arlington Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8781-7085

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Dr. Yvette Pearson Weatherton received her Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science (Environmental Engineering) from the University of New Orleans. She is a member of the Civil Engineering faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington, a Program Evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana. She is currently serving as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation.

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Karen E. Crosby Southern University Baton Rouge

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Dr. Karen E. Crosby is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana, currently on assignment in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Crosby’s technical background is in materials science and engineering mechanics. Additionally, Karen is dedicated to STEM education research, especially enhancing student retention and learning in engineering and other STEM fields through scholarships, innovative teaching methods and integrating research experiences. Her most recent projects have involved STEM outreach and education, including enhancing and creating academic programs and facilitating global research opportunities in Sustainability, specifically materials and technology for renewable energy applications and next-generation composites. Dr. Crosby’s years of work have garnered local awards for excellence in teaching and research and national recognition for educational leadership and mentoring.

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Edgar R. Blevins Southern University and A&M College

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Beth R Isbell University of Texas, Arlington

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Andrew P. Kruzic University of Texas, Arlington

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Dr. Andrew Kruzic is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at UT Arlington. He has been involved in several projects associated with student retention over his 28 years at UT Arlington.

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Stephen P. Mattingly University of Texas, Arlington

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STEPHEN MATTINGLY is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Previously, he worked at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Irvine and University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has recently completed and is currently working on research projects that address a variety of topics including transportation public health performance measures, decision and risk analysis, airport operations, managed lane traveler behavior, high-speed rail compatibility with existing freeway right-of-way, improving critical thinking in the civil engineering curriculum, integrating sustainability into the engineering curriculum and creating a sustainability minor, transportation emissions and sustainability, and freeway and frontage road operational modeling and performance measures.
He has published several articles in the Transportation Research Record, other journals and conferences on these and other related topics. He is currently serving on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Traffic Flow and Characteristics and is a past member of the TRB Committee on Transportation Network Modeling. Stephen is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Lynn L. Peterson University of Texas, Arlington

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Dr. Peterson currently serves as Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, as well as Interim Chair of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Research interests are in engineering education, intelligent systems, and medical computer science. Dr. Peterson is a member of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

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J. Carter Tiernan University of Texas, Arlington

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Dr. J. Carter M. Tiernan is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Tiernan directs undergraduate recruiting, student activities, engineering K -12 outreach, and scholarships for the College as well as securing external funding for these efforts. Dr. Tiernan also helps coordinate undergraduate research opportunities and retention programs for engineering students and collaborates with the UT Arlington College of Science on STEM outreach activities.

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Abstract

The National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program provides funding for projects that support financially needy students in their pursuit of STEM degrees. The overarching aim is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents entering the STEM workforce or graduate school upon completion of their degree programs. Recognizing that funding is not the only barrier that students with financial need face, the program also sponsors support activities that have proven to be effective means to improve outcomes related to student success.

The S-STEM program was re-envisioned for the 2016 fiscal year to solicit projects that will yield more evidence and more widespread use of strategies that prove successful in the attainment of the program's goals. Specifically, there are now two strands: Strand I, S-STEM Institutional Capacity Building and Strand II, S-STEM Design and Development. As indicated by the title, Strand I "seeks to increase the participation of institutions that have limited experience with designing and conducting activities, as described in the description of the S-STEM Design and Development projects." Strand II "seeks to leverage S-STEM funds with institutional efforts and infrastructure to increase and understand recruitment, retention, student success, and degree attainment in STEM…" This paper chronicles the experiences of teams of faculty across multiple engineering disciplines at two institutions that developed and implemented separate S-STEM projects (pre-fiscal year 2016). Both schools are minority serving institutions (MSIs); one is classified as a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), and the other is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The authors present lessons learned during the implementation of the two programs with reflections from not only their experiences, but also published outcomes of additional S-STEM projects and other related literature. The observations should serve as useful guides for new prospective principal investigators, particularly those at MSIs, who may be considering an S-STEM Strand I – Institutional Capacity Building submission.

Pearson, Y. E., & Crosby, K. E., & Blevins, E. R., & Isbell, B. R., & Kruzic, A. P., & Mattingly, S. P., & Peterson, L. L., & Tiernan, J. C. (2016, June), Challenges, Opportunities, and Impacts of S-STEM Projects: Insights for Institutional Capacity Building at Minority-serving Institutions Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26472

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