New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Minorities in Engineering
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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