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Creating Opportunities to Help Students Be Prepared for Careers in a STEM Field

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Edel Reilly Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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As a Professor of Mathematics Education I teacher and advise with undergraduate students majoring in BSED Mathematics Education-Middle Level Specialization Track as well as the graduate students the Master of Education in Mathematics Education Elementary and Middle Level Specialization.
As Director of Liberal Studies for the university, I oversee all undergraduate curriculum that relates to the Liberal Studies Curriculum at IUP. This includes reviewing all new courses and courses already on the books that are being revised. The review process includes monitoring that Student Learning Outcomes of the course(s) are aligned with the EUSLOs from the Liberal Studies curriculum, that they are measurable, and that there is an assessment mechanism in place. I also evaluate the section of departments’ program reviews that pertains to Liberal Studies.

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This presentation reports on an ongoing National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) funded project in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). The goals of the project include increasing the number of students graduating with a major, minor, or Master’s degree in mathematics; strengthening the academic culture in the department; and strengthening the relationships within the broader STEM community within and beyond the university. The project aims to achieve these goals by providing financial assistance to students in need to pursue their degree and developing a series of activities each semester designed to strengthen relationships within the academic and STEM communities. Ways in which the goals of the project are being met will be shared including: recruiting strategies used to get students into the program; offering of activities in the form of presentations and workshops to help students prepare for careers the STEM industry; peer-led tutoring sessions to help with academic success in mathematics classes, and monthly meetings in which participants present original research. Data collected from student surveys at the end of each semester will be reported. Finally, the impact of transitioning to online learning as a result of COVID-19 in the middle of a semester on a project that focuses on community development will be shared. In addition, to students’ responses to online learning data collected from faculty teaching in STEM disciplines will also be shared. The following sources of information were used for this presentation; quantitative and qualitative data gathered from End of Semester surveys, student reflection narratives concerning their small group activities, and reports that summarizes and evaluates the peer-led team learning sessions.

Reilly, E. (2021, July), Creating Opportunities to Help Students Be Prepared for Careers in a STEM Field Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36874

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