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Evaluating the Quality of Project Summaries for S-STEM Proposals

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Two-year College STEM Programs Meeting the Needs of Industry

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Two-Year College

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9

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https://peer.asee.org/30448

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Yvette E. Pearson P.E. Rice University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8781-7085

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Dr. Yvette E. Pearson holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Chemistry from Southern University and A&M College and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from the University of New Orleans. She is Associate Dean for Accreditation and Assessment in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, a Program Evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana, a former Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Pearson currently chairs ASCE's Formal Engineering Education Committee, and is Vice Chair of ASCE's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

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Canek Moises Luna Phillips Rice University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6571-2733

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Canek Phillips (P’urepecha) is a postdoctoral research associate at Rice University in the Brown School of Engineering. Canek’s research interests broadly relate to efforts to broaden participation in engineering. Currently, he is working on a project to improve mathematics education for visually impaired students.

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Margaret E. Beier Rice University

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Margaret Beier is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rice University in Houston, TX. She received her B.A. from Colby College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Margaret’s research examines the predictors of performance in educational and occupational settings. In particular, she is interested in the effects of examining gender, age, ability, personality, motivation, and self-regulation on a range of outcomes. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists.

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Jacqueline Gilberto

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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 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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Ann Saterbak Duke University

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Ann Saterbak is Professor of the Practice in the Biomedical Department and Director of First-Year Engineering at Duke University. Saterbak is the lead author of the textbook, Bioengineering Fundamentals. Saterbak’s outstanding teaching was recognized through university-wide and departmental teaching awards. In 2013, Saterbak received the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award. For her contribution to education within biomedical engineering, she was elected Fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Society of Engineering Education.

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Yuting Sheng Rice University

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Yuting (Kris) Sheng is an undergraduate studying in mathematical economic analysis and biochemistry at Rice University with an expected graduation date of May 2018.

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Anila K. Shethia Rice University

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Anila K. Shethia holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and an M.B.A. from University of Houston. She is currently the Education Research Manager in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University.

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Rui (Roy) Sun Rice University

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Roy Sun is an undergraduate majoring in mechanical engineering at Rice University with an expected graduation date of May 2018.

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Abstract

Rice University received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host workshops designed to help faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) develop competitive proposals to the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. S-STEM projects provide scholarships and other support to low-income students who demonstrate the academic potential to succeed in STEM disciplines with the aim of increasing their presence in the U.S. STEM workforce and/or graduate programs.

Our recruitment efforts focused primarily on PUIs located in Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) jurisdictions. An initial search of NSF’s awards database showed that despite enrolling the majority of students, PUIs – associate’s colleges in particular – received a disproportionately small fraction of S-STEM awards. Additionally, at the time of our search, Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) awards had been made to institutions in only 50% of EPSCoR jurisdictions. By increasing the capacity of faculty members at PUIs in EPSCoR jurisdictions to successfully compete for funding, we can help improve the number and diversity of the institutions students S-STEM supports.

Analyses are not yet available on the status of all proposals submitted by workshop participants; however, we are using project summaries as one preliminary, indirect indicator of likely proposal quality. In this paper, we present the rubric and describe the results of the project summary evaluations as preliminary findings to address the question: To what degree and in what ways do participants’ project summaries change from pre- to post-workshop? The results have implications for prospective PIs who are seeking guidance on strengthening areas of S-STEM proposals.

Pearson, Y. E., & Phillips, C. M. L., & Beier, M. E., & Gilberto, J., & Mattingly, S. P., & Saterbak, A., & Sheng, Y., & Shethia, A. K., & Sun, R. R. (2018, June), Evaluating the Quality of Project Summaries for S-STEM Proposals Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30448

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