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Inspiring Minorities To Enter The Stem Pipeline Through Nsbe Jr.

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Attracting Young MINDS in Engineering - Part II

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Minorities in Engineering

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

15.747.1 - 15.747.11

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https://peer.asee.org/16524

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Jamila Cola Georgia Institute of Technology

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Dr. Jamila Cola is a program director at the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She recieved her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Purdue University. Her current interests are minority student achievment in K-12 STEM subjects.

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Douglas Edwards Westlake High School

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Mr. Douglas Edwards is the Math/Science Magnet Coordinator at Westlake High School. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton and has a master’s degree from Georgia State University. Douglas serves as the faculty sponsor of the Westlake NSBE Jr. and Engineers Without Borders chapters.

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Margaret Tarver Tri-Cities High School

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Mrs. Margaret Tarver is a chemistry teacher, graduation coach, and NSBE Jr. sponsor at Tri-Cities High School. She received her B.S. in chemistry from Alabama A&M, and her Masters in science education from Georgia State University. She received the Golden Torch Award--PCI Director of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers in 2010 for her work with the Tri-Cities High School NSBE Jr. chapter.

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Donna Llewellyn Georgia Institute of Technology

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Dr. Donna C. Llewellyn is the Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and an adjunct associate professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her
current areas of research are in equity of engineering education and assessment of instruction. Donna is the PI of the STEP program.

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Marion Usselman Georgia Institute of Technology

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Dr. Marion C. Usselman is Associate Director for Academic Outreach at the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Marion received her Ph.D. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and taught biology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She focuses on equity and access issues in education and K-12 educational reform. She is the co-PI of the STEP program.

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Inspiring Minorities to Enter the STEM Pipeline Through NSBE Jr.

Abstract

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is the largest student managed organization in the United States. It was founded in 1975 and now serves over 10,000 collegiate members at

of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. NSBE also has a large professional membership of approximately 3000 alumni members and a significant pre-college membership that ranges from grade seven to grade twelve. The goal of these NSBE Jr. chapters is to inspire young minds to pursue science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) as fields of study when entering college. With its Pre-College Initiative (PCI) program, NSBE aims to aid the entire engineering pipeline by preparing highly motivated and skilled high school students for the rigors of a university-level math, science, and engineering curriculum.

As part of an NSF GK-12 program, the Georgia Institute of Technology implemented NSBE Jr. chapters at two high schools in metro Atlanta, both with under-represented minority enrollments of over 95%. One is a Math and Science Magnet school, and the other is a Performing Arts Magnet school. Both NSBE Jr. chapters have now been in existence for at least five years, and have flourished with leadership by Georgia Tech graduate students. This paper will describe the activities implemented at these two different types of schools and will track the NSBE Jr. membership over time. This tracking includes reporting on which majors the NSBE Jr. students chose when entering college, and hence whether the two chapter have met goal of helping to inspire students to enter STEM fields.

Introduction

Globalization has challenged the preeminence and competitiveness of the United States in science and technology according to the 2007 National Academies Report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing America for a Brighter Economic Future.1 As noted by the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development, investing in a diverse scientific workforce will lead to innovation and creativity that will sharpen the competitive edge of the United States. 2 The projected US population trends illustrate an increase in minority population from 30.6% in 2000 to 46.3% in 2040.3 In the state of Georgia, minorities already make up 54% of the total K-12 student enrollment.4 Therefore, in order for the United States in general, and Georgia specifically, to remain competitive and to utilize all of its intellectual capital, we will need to cultivate the untapped STEM talents of underrepresented minorities. Introducing underrepresented minorities to the STEM pipeline is the first step towards engaging them in the science, engineering, and technology enterprise. Despite several barriers preventing minorities from entering and remaining in STEM fields, there are many best practices to encourage and inspire minorities to contribute to STEM careers.

Cola, J., & Edwards, D., & Tarver, M., & Llewellyn, D., & Usselman, M. (2010, June), Inspiring Minorities To Enter The Stem Pipeline Through Nsbe Jr. Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16524

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