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Influence of S-STEM Funding: Challenges and Successes

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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23.745.1 - 23.745.11

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Mo Ahmadian Eastern New Mexico University

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Dr. Mo Ahmadian is a professor of Electronics Engineering Technology at Eastern New Mexico University. He also serves as ABET/TAC program evaluator for Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology programs. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before starting Ph.D. work, he worked three years as a project engineer.

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Influence of S-STEM Funding: Challenges and SuccessesAbstractThis article presents a summary of the four years activities of the National Science Foundation(NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) thatincludes the a description of one hour course used, expectations required from scholarshiprecipients (scholars) and their responses to a survey. The S-STEM program at our institutionprovided scholarships for financially eligible students in Biochemistry (BIOCH),Biology(BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Computer Information System (CIS), Computer Science(CS), Electronics Engineering Technology (EET), and Mathematics (MATH) for the past fouracademic years (Fall-2009 through Spring–2013). Principal investigators (PIs) activitiesincluded proactive recruitment and advertising; offering a one-credit course every fall semesterthat provided students with skills in job interviewing; teamwork; learning about the future jobmarket and some business skills, plus active mentoring and tutoring. A total of 115 scholarshipswere given for the duration of the award. Some students received scholarships for multipleyears. The main goal of the S-STEM project was to enable academically talented students, withfinancial need as defined by the federal government, to either enter a STEM discipline (in orderto complete their bachelor degree and then enter the workforce) or to pursue a graduate degree.Our institution is a Hispanic serving intuition (31.29% of our students are Hispanic). Accordingto the US Code – Section 1067: Congressional Findings, “As the Nation’s population becomesmore diverse, it is important that the educational and training needs of all Americans are met;underrepresentation of minorities in science and technological fields diminishes our Nation’scompetitiveness by impairing the quantity of well prepared scientists, engineers, and technicalexperts in these fields.”The S-STEM scholarship was beneficial to many students for the following reasons: encouragingstudents to do well academically, constant mentoring, meetings and reminding recipients thatlack of high performance would lead to loss of scholarship, teamwork and interacting with peers.Also, time management as well as reducing the number of hours working for income was a bigfactor in achieving high GPAs. The lack of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)on file for some applicants was a difficult and time consuming process. This article presentsdetailed information on challenges and successes of the award.

Ahmadian, M. (2013, June), Influence of S-STEM Funding: Challenges and Successes Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.

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