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Mentoring Practices Proven to Broaden Participation in STEM Disciplines

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Mentoring Minorities: Effective Programs, Practices, and Perspectives

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Minorities in Engineering

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24.900.1 - 24.900.7



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Lesia L. Crumpton-Young The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence

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Dr. Crumpton-Young is a recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring within Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. Currently, she serves as the Director of The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ). She is a retired Professor of Industrial Engineering and previously served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation within the Directorate of Education and Human Resource Development. She has served as Associate Provost of Undergraduate Studies, Department Head of the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems as well as Associate Dean of Engineering. Additionally, she served as the Co-Director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for e-Design: Information Technology Infrastructure Development to Support the Design of Engineered Products and Systems. Also, she served as the founder and Director of the Center for Engineering Leadership and Learning (CELL) as well as the Principal Investigator of the NSF sponsored grant to Reengineer the Curriculum for Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Programs.

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Anna V. Elde The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence


Kate Ambrose University of Central Florida

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Kate Ambrose is a junior at the University of Central Florida studying human communication with a minor in mass communication. She works as a research assistant at The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ).

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Mentoring Best Practices Proven to Broaden Participation in STEMMentoring is the pedagogical method defined as a relationship between an individual withpotential and an individual with expertise. Mentoring has proven to be an effective mechanismfor ensuring student success in STEM fields. Select mentoring programs for women, minorities,and underrepresented groups have shown significant gains in increasing the presence of studentsfrom various backgrounds in the STEM fields. Twenty-five recipients of the Presidential Awardfor Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) were chosenas participants in this study due to their successful implementation of various mentoringprograms and practices. Due to the efficacy of their methods, PAESMEM recipients can serve asa national resource for those interested in researching best practices in mentoring.In the following research, PAESMEM recipients were presented with a questionnaire based oninformation related to best practices and prior mentoring experiences. They were asked toindicate on a semantic rating scale (i.e., Well, Very Well, Exceptionally Well, and N/A) thedegree to which they performed each mentoring practice. The results of the survey highlight fivepractices that the majority of PAESMEM recipients identified as having performed, on average,“very well” in their own mentoring programs. Based on the results, we can proposerecommendations for best practices that should be implemented in future mentoring programs tohelp women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups to successful navigateSTEM fields under the guidance of a mentor. Moreover, propositions for future research tofurther develop the literature on best practices in mentoring have been suggested.

Crumpton-Young, L. L., & Elde, A. V., & Ambrose, K. (2014, June), Mentoring Practices Proven to Broaden Participation in STEM Disciplines Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22833

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