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Outcomes of the S-STEM Scholarship Program in Our Institution in the Past Three Years

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Potpourri - A Mix of All Topics

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Mechanical Engineering

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Diversity

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Liang Zhu University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Liang Zhu received her B.S. in Engineering Thermophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China, in 1988, and Ph.D. in Engineering from the City University of New York, New York, USA, in 1995. Currently, she is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Her research fields include using nanotechnology to improve treatment outcomes of patients. She is also interested in Engineering Education research, and currently she serves as the Director of the Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Scholarship Program at UMBC.

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Charles D. Eggleton University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Dr. Charles Dionisio Eggleton is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has twenty-two years of experience teaching theoretical and laboratory courses in thermo-fluids to undergraduate students and was Department Chair from 2011 -2017. Dr. Eggleton earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and his B.S. in Naval Architecture from the University of California.

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L.D. Timmie Topoleski University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Ronghui Ma University of Maryland Baltimore County

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A. Professional Preparation:
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China Mechanical Engineering B.E. 1991
Southeast University, Nanjing, China Mechanical Engineering M.S. 1994
Stony Brook University, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. 2003
Ph.D. Thesis: Modeling and Design of PVT Growth of Silicon Carbide Crystals
Ph.D. Advisors: Professors Hui Zhang and Vish Prasad

B. Appointments
1998-2003 Research Assistant, State University of New York at Stony Brook
2003-2004 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
2004- 2010 Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County
2010- Associate Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Deepa Madan University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Dr. Deepa Madan is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore. She joined the UMBC faculty in 2016. Dr. Madan received her post-doctoral training in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. She received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she developed cost-effective thermoelectric generators to power wireless sensor networks. Her research interests are in composite and polymer thermoelectric materials and devices, rechargeable batteries, and additive manufacturing techniques.

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Abstract

Our institution was awarded an S-STEM grant in 2018 to continue to provide scholarships and educational opportunities to low-income and talented undergraduate mechanical engineering students. Since then, 44 undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering department have been awarded the scholarships. In addition to financial support, the S-STEM scholars are connected to individual faculty mentors and provided with opportunities of internships, research-related experiences, and community building activities. The large and diverse applicant pool allowed us to award 22-27 scholarships to students each year, exceeding the targeted annual number of 20 scholarships. Academic records demonstrate that all the proposed benchmarks have been exceeded, especially in the retention rate (91%), diversity of student population, research experience/internship participation (55%), and percentage of our scholars enrolled in graduate school after their graduation (29%). All are higher than that in the regular student population in our department. The results suggested that faculty and peer mentoring, proactive research-related activities, engagement in internship, and interaction with faculty and their peers might contribute positively to the success of the scholars in our program. Some of the cost-effective program activities have been implemented in our undergraduate program, and could be adapted by engineering programs in other institutions. With continuous commitment by faculty members and department/college recognition, the positive impact of the program could be sustained via merging into existing undergraduate program.

Zhu, L., & Eggleton, C. D., & Topoleski, L. T., & Ma, R., & Madan, D. (2021, July), Outcomes of the S-STEM Scholarship Program in Our Institution in the Past Three Years Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37552

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