June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.1052.1 - 23.1052.10
S-STEM Programs for Transfer and Non-Transfer Upper Division and Graduate Engineering and Computer Science StudentsFinancing a college education is very difficult for many students. In the state of Arizona, manyfamilies cannot even afford low tuition provided by a major public university. Since 2002 muchneeded National Science Foundation S-STEM scholarship programs have been held for upperdivision and graduate engineering and computer science students. One S-STEM program is forupper division transfer students from local community colleges and out-of-state. A second S-STEM program is for non-transfers and graduate students who have graduated through either ofthe S-STEM programs. Although the program is ranked highly by students and the scholarships,especially those for transfer students, have become very competitive, each year changes aremade in an attempt to make the program even better. This paper describes recent changes thathave been made to the program for improvement and in response to challenges.Graduate school is an emphasis in these programs. The students are urged from day one to havegraduate school in their plans. The students are told about the greater opportunities in industrywith a Master’s degree and urged to keep a high GPA so they qualify for a “4+1” program inwhich three classes can be double-counted for the Bachelors and Masters degrees. A majorfactor causing hesitation by the students is financing for additional schooling. The students arestrongly encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research which can lead to fundedresearch for graduate school. Additional material on using computer databases for research andon writing a research proposal has been added to the Academic Success and ProfessionalDevelopment (ASAP) one-credit course which is part of the S-STEM scholarship program. Thismaterial is described in detail in the paper.The first semester of the ASAP class is the most difficult as students are required to make adetailed time management schedule according to the Guaranteed 4.0 Plan by Donna O. Johnson.An additional new program feature is a special half-hour seminar given at the beginning of thesemester by the course assistant and grader for students new to the class. In this seminar sheexplains the class and assignments in more detail and provides computer shells to make it easierfor the students to do the class assignments. While there are basic materials that students new tothe class need to hear, for students who have been in the program for over a year, some of thismaterial is redundant. This past year, a concerted effort was made to have two programs at oncefrom which the students choose to attend one. An example of this is to have a session on “Nutsand Bolts of Applying for Graduate School” for seniors, given by graduate students in theprogram, as well as a session on “Resumes and Working a Career Fair” given at the same time.This paper will describe other “dual” sessions. Other changes included having students with thesame major sit together in a meeting to become better acquainted and adding a sixth section ofthe meeting to accommodate all of the students’ schedules.The paper concludes with testimonies on the value of the class for new transfer students.
Anderson-Rowland, M. R., & Rodriguez, A. A., & Grierson, A. (2013, June), S-STEM Programs for Transfer and Non-Transfer Upper Division and Graduate Engineering and Computer Science Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22437
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