June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Minorities in Engineering
26.1398.1 - 26.1398.18
STEM Workshops for Transfer and Retention Program at a Hispanic Serving Institution AbstractIn recent years, it has become a challenge to improve the recruitment and retention of highlymotivated Hispanic and other minority students and to keep their interests active in theengineering discipline until their graduation so that they can join the workforce as professionalengineers. The STEM - Minority Outreach and Retention Enhancement Program for Transferand Retention (STEM-MORE-TRP) and the Serving Youth in Science, Technology,Engineering, & Mathematics Program (SYSTEM) are designed to recruit the engineeringstudents through a number of enrichment activities, including two-week residential EngineeringWorkshops at a major Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in southern Texas. Both STEM-MORE-TRP and SYSTEM introduce participants to several engineering disciplines and allowsthem to interact with engineering faculty and staff through several activities, includinginformation sessions, field trips, laboratory tours, and design projects. Based on the TRP andSYSTEM curriculum, The Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics, Biology and Chemistrydepartments at a major Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in southern Texas, developed two-week long “Transfer and Retention Program (TRP) workshop” and “Summer Engineeringworkshop (SEW) during the summer at the university. Also, this provides the extent of what hasworked in achieving the goals set out for the cohort. Both of the platforms funded by the U. S.Department of Education envisioned at transferring and retaining highly motivated Hispanicstudents into the new Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineering at the university. Theactivities were done in three different stages: recruit students and provide the theme of theprogram, provide a series of enrichment activities, including advising and faculty mentoring, andparticipation in the workshops at the university.
Biswas, P., & Goonatilake, R., & Pinzon, G. J., & Khasawneh, M. (2015, June), STEM Workshops for Transfer and Retention Program at a Hispanic Serving Institution Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24735
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