June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Minorities in Engineering
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Integrating STEM and the Arts: A Call for Partnerships across DisciplinesRecent data at a Midwestern University identify low numbers of underrepresented minoritystudents (URMs) enrolled in a top-ranked engineering program. These numbers match nationaltrends highlighting concerns about the absence of diverse students enrolled in science,technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. An analysis of 2010-2011 STEMstudent data, however, highlighted that STEM students enrolled in band and orchestra at thisuniversity excel in numerous areas when compared to STEM students not enrolled in band andorchestra. STEM students also represent approximately 70% of all band and orchestra students.Band and orchestra students earned higher average GPAs (3.18 vs. 2.89), earned more credithours, reported higher SAT scores and retention rates, and completed their degrees in less timethan students not enrolled in band and orchestra. Despite the positive correlations betweenenrollment in both band and engineering, few URMs at this institution are involved in a musiccommunity during their undergraduate student experiences.In an effort to identify ways that URM engineering students might benefit from band andorchestra experiences and to engage STEM and non-STEM departments in a model to enhancethe experiences of undergraduate engineering students, this paper presents information about asmall group seminar designed to expose undergraduate engineering students to a community oflike-minded, well-rounded students. Within this seminar, students will engage in conversationswith professionals, will connect with other engineering students who have succeeded inengineering, and will engage in leadership opportunities early in their academic careers. Led byan underrepresented minority faculty in the band and orchestra department who served as aformer recruiter for engineering students, this seminar provides a unique opportunity for studentsto (1) demonstrate uses of campus resources to enable academic success, (2) acknowledge theimportance of music in society, (3) participate in service projects within the department, (4)connect to successful STEM alumni, (5) explore opportunities for participation in music-relatedstudent leadership positions, and (6) utilize the study tables provided by the departmental serviceorganizations in which many STEM students are members. Future work related to this modelalong with plans for engaging diverse students is presented along with suggestions for replicatingthis model on other campuses.
Cox, I., & Cox, M. F. (2013, June), Integrating STEM and the Arts: A Call for Partnerships across Disciplines Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19796
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