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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The CS/M Scholars Program, funded by an NSF S-STEM grant, supports students majoring in computer science or mathematics at a public comprehensive university. The title of the project is "Preparing Students for Careers in Computer Science and Math." Eligible students receive scholarships averaging $4500 per year for up to four years. In addition to scholarships, CS/M Scholars are supported with curricular and co-curricular activities. These include first-quarter seminars in math and computer science that help to build community within the program in addition to introducing the variety of opportunities in the fields and strengthening students' communication and problem-solving skills. Regular program events, six per year, focus on building awareness of possible career paths and various aspects of professional development.
Near peer mentoring is one of the hallmarks of the program. First- and second-year CS/M Scholars are mentored by third- and fourth-year Scholars. In turn, the third- and fourth-year Scholars are mentored by Early Career Professional Mentors, who are recent alumni with computer science or math degrees and now working in the fields or pursuing graduate study. Mentors and mentees have regular guided discussions throughout the school year. Response from both students and alumni has been enthusiastic, with both students and recent alumni seeing great benefit in this opportunity.
Research associated with the program focuses on two main questions: 1) How and to what extent do the program features contribute to the development of self-efficacy, CS/M identity, and sense of belonging? and 2) How does early exposure to computer science through coursework and career awareness affect the experience of CS/M Scholars?. These questions are investigated through focus group interviews and surveys of the Scholars and a comparison group.
This poster will provide an overview of the program, report on recruitment, retention and demographics of the Scholars, and present results of the research. The mentoring aspect, including the role of recent alumni, will be particularly emphasized.
Hartenstine, D., & Fizzano, P., & Brobst, J. A., & Litzler, E., & Barber DeGraaff, R. (2020, June), CS/M Scholars Program - an NSF S-STEM Project Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34360
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