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Progress and lmpact of SET: An NSF S-STEM Scholarship Project

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.1186.1 - 22.1186.6



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Lawretta C. Ononye State University of New York, Canton

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Lawretta Ononye is an Associate Professor of Physics and Engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Canton. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is a recipient of the first awards for Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) – Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) Award 2008.

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Scholarship for Engineering Technology: S-STEM Project Our institution received NSF award for $600,000 over a period of four years to establishscholarship in the northern New York State know as the north country. This paper will presentthe progress and impact of this scholarship on the institution, its school of engineeringtechnology and the community. Eighteen scholars who are academically talented and financiallydisadvantage will attend college for free. Annual scholarships of $7,200 per student for fouryears will be awarded to eighteen scholars in pursuit of baccalaureate degree or enrolled in twoyear associate degree programs that plan to pursue bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology.Scholars may minor in physics or mathematics. Effort was made to attract academically talentedhigh school students meeting scholarship requirements. The selection process placed emphasison financial needs, underrepresented groups and women. The scholars are supportedacademically and socially to enable them succeed. Academic support includes math, physics anddiscipline base tutoring for scholarship students. Other activities include seminars, field trips,monthly socials, summer program, etc. Assessment and evaluation of the S-STEM project is an on-going process. The impact onstudents progress, departments and disciplines involved as well as the institution are beingassessed through quantitative (measureable) and qualitative (observation, interviewing) measuresto see if progress is made toward achieving its goals. Three areas have been identified forassessment; and if properly implemented, will lead to meeting the goals and objectives of thisproject. They are 1) scholars’ progress, 2) effectiveness of the students’ support services and 3)effectiveness of the personnel delivery the services. The scholarship team works closely with anexperienced evaluator.

Ononye, L. C. (2011, June), Progress and lmpact of SET: An NSF S-STEM Scholarship Project Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--19007

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