East Lansing, Michigan
July 26, 2020
July 26, 2020
July 28, 2020
The A. James Clark School of Engineering (Clark School) is a limited enrollment program at the University of Maryland College Park (UMD). Unfortunately, not all students who are interested in studying engineering are directly admitted into the Clark School, but instead are admitted into UMD’s Division of Letters and Sciences (L&S). There are many students of minoritized identities (such as women and racial/ethnic minoritized students) who are not directly admitted into the Clark School of Engineering, but instead are admitted to the L&S division. Students not directly admitted will later have the opportunity to re-apply to the Clark School after strengthening their application and preparation. As such, there is a critical opportunity to promote the pathways for women and students with other minoritized identities into the field of engineering through facilitating the process for L&S students in re-applying to the Clark School of Engineering. The 2019 First Year Summer Experience (FYSE) program was designed to strengthen and facilitate pathways into the field of engineering through assisting and supporting UMD’s L&S students who are interested in studying engineering, but were not directly admitted into the Clark School. FYSE is a three-week summer orientation program focused on the development and strengthening of math-intensive engineering problem-solving skills. Equally important is the cultivation of community and a network of support among each FYSE cohort. Recruitment and selection of participants to FYSE is geared toward the inclusion of women, racial/ethnic minorities, and first-generation college students who were not directly admitted into the Clark School. The 2019 program served a diverse cohort of approximately 21 first-year women students who applied to study engineering but were admitted to the Division of Letters and Sciences. This paper will provide a detailed overview of the components and implementation of the FYSE 2019 Program. It will also include demographic information on the participants, program evaluation outcomes from participants, and any relevant updates on longitudinal tracking the 2019 FYSE cohort.
Kurban, E., & Bowden, M. L. (2020, July), Facilitating Pathways to Engineering: First Year Summer Experience Paper presented at 2020 First-Year Engineering Experience, East Lansing, Michigan. https://peer.asee.org/35760
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