June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Minorities in Engineering
22.884.1 - 22.884.5
ASEE MIND Focus Area: Attracting young MINDS - outreach and recruitment of minority engineering students (including K-12);Innovative STEM Conference (ISC): Outreaching toUnderrepresented Minorities in an Effort to Increase theirparticipation in STEM Research The U.S pipeline of K-12 students that are interested in STEM majors and/or careers is thirsting for diversity. There is a gross deficit of minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups currently in the pipeline to becoming STEM professionals. The benefits of a more diverse pipeline, including different perspectives and approaches, have been well-documented. Outreaching to these underrepresented groups in order to add them to the STEM pipeline requires innovative recruitment with inventive methods and strategies. The Innovative STEM Conference (ISC) was created to help diversify our country’s STEM pipeline by outreaching to underrepresented minorities in an effort to increase their participation in STEM research. The ISC is a national conference that is designed to strategically inspire, engage, expose, and educate students, specifically a large contingency of underrepresented students, to become the next generation of STEM professionals. The ISC consists of five major components: the Pre-Conference Day, Expo, Urban Roundtable for STEM (URSTEM), and two symposiums: the Maryland-regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (MDJSHS) and the Innovative STEM Symposium (ISS). The two symposiums serve as a platform for middle school, high school and college students to present the research they have conducted and to observe the research that their peers are conducting. The ISC will feature cool gadgets, motivational speakers, and smart technology that will excite students about the potential of STEM. There are also dynamic workshops, distinguished panelists, and information sessions that will informand educate about the requirements and STEM’svalue in our society. Research opportunities,scholarships, corporate and academic informationalbooths are also available for conference attendees totake advantage of. During the three years of theconference, survey results have shown a significantincrease in underrepresented groups participating inhigh-level research, as well as a total increase ofminorities participating in the conference.
White, C., & Martin, C. S., & Drew, M., & Forbes, G. (2011, June), Innovative STEM Conference (ISC): Outreaching to Underrepresented Minorities in an Effort to Increase their Participation in STEM Research Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18184
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