June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Cooperative & Experiential Education
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Internships and Undergraduate Research: Impact, Support, and Institutionalization of an NSF S-STEM Program through Partnerships with Industry and Funding from Federal and Local Workforce AgenciesAbstractThe Young Entrepreneur and Scholar (YES) program is a partnership between the College ofEngineering & Computer Science, the College of Sciences, and the College of BusinessAdministration at a large, public university. The YES program’s primary sponsor is the NationalScience Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. Secondary sponsors are Workforce Central ___________ and the university’sOffice of Research and Commercialization. The most recent sponsor is the U.S. Department ofLabor with matches in the second year of student support to be provided by participatingcompanies as we begin the process of institutionalizing the YES program.The goal of the YES program is to enable academically talented, financially challenged studentsto enter the workforce or continue advanced studies in their field, following the completion of abaccalaureate degree in a STEM discipline. This goal is achieved by placing STEM studentswho are interested in undergraduate research experiences with a faculty mentor (YES ResearchPath) or entrepreneurship/internship experiences with an industry mentor (YESEntrepreneurship/Internship Path). A similar educational model approach (joining co-op withundergraduate research experiences) with engineering students at the University of Puerto Ricoat Mayagüez has shown positive outcomes and benefits to the students . The YES Programalso includes other educational activities, thereby creating a highly structured learningcommunity to enable the success of a YES student.Since the inception of the YES program in 2008, 49 students have participated (41% women,49% under-represented minorities, 51% first generation). Sixty additional students will berecruited into the Entrepreneurship/Internship Path (2012-16). The graduation rate for completersis 100% (23/23). Forty-four percent of completers are under-represented minorities; 52% arewomen; and 39% are first generation college students. The mean entry (into the YES program)cumulative GPA is 3.47 (std = .29, n = 23), and the mean graduating cumulative GPA is 3.45(std = .29, n =23). The average number of semesters from entry into the YES program untilgraduation is 4.7 semesters (std = 1.55, n = 23). The graduation rate for non-completers is 24%(5/21). Fifty-two percent of non-completers are under-represented minorities; 29% are women;and 62% are first generation college students. The mean entry (into the YES program)cumulative GPA for non-completers is 3.52 (std =.31, n = 21); the mean graduating cumulativeGPA is 3.33 (std = .29, n =5); and the mean cumulative GPA for those who are still enrolled (n =15) or dropped out of school (n = 1) is 3.57 (std = .30). The average number of semesters fromentry into the YES program until graduation is 6.2 (std = 1.3, n = 5) semesters. The transitionrate of those who have graduated (completers and non-completers) into the workforce is 29%(8/28) and 71% (20/28) to graduate school. These statistics suggest that providing a structuredexperiential program with enhanced educational activities that have been shown to supportstudent persistence benefits under-represented populations. This paper describes the educationalapproach, key outcomes, and partnership model of the YES program.References Jimenez, M., Palomera, R., & Toledo, M. (2002). Undergraduate research and co-op education: A winningcombination. Proceeding. 32nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, November 2-6, 2002, Boston, MA.
Massi, L., & Georgiopoulos, M., & Young, C. Y., & Ford, C. M., & Lancey, P., & Bhati, D., & Small, K. A. (2013, June), Internships and Undergraduate Research: Impact, Support, and Institutionalization of an NSF S-STEM Program through Partnerships with Industry and Funding from Federal and Local Workforce Agencies Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19822
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