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Student Impressions of Elements of a S-STEM Program

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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10

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https://peer.asee.org/37744

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John R. Reisel P.E. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

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Dr. John R. Reisel is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). In addition to research into engineering education, his efforts focus on combustion and energy utilization. Dr. Reisel was a 2005 recipient of the UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, a 2000 recipient of the UWM College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Teaching Award, and a 1998 recipient of the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. Dr. Reisel received his B.M.E. degree from Villanova University in 1989, his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1991, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1994.

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Wilkistar Otieno University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

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Wilkistar Otieno is an Associate Professor and Chair of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include data analytics applied to manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing particularly remanufacturing, reliability engineering and overall systems optimization. She has a passion for engineering education and is a principal investigator of an NSF STEM grant and serves as a long-term faculty mentor for the UWM Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation, also an NSF grant.
She is also passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) matters and serves on the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences ) DEI Subcommittee.
She served as the IEEE-Milwaukee Chair from 2018-2020.

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Christine Beimborn University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

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Christine Beimborn is the STEM Outreach Specialist for the UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Abstract

A state university received an NSF S-STEM grant to provide scholarship funds and enhanced programmatic activities for engineering and computer science students. Some of the enhanced activities available to the scholarship recipients are faculty mentoring, meetings of the cohort students, the ability to attend professional workshops and participate in STEM outreach activities, and the opportunity to attend a Emerging Researchers National (ERN) conference in Washington, D.C. Some of these activities are similar to what other schools have in their S-STEM programs. While the effectiveness of the different program activities are often studied at institutions, it is often less clear how students view the usefulness of various program activities.

In this paper, we will describe in more detail the scholarship program at XXX and provide explanations of the different programmatic activities available to the students in the program. We will then provide the results of a survey of the students in the program, where they were asked to provide their impressions of the program activities. The results of the survey can be beneficial to other schools developing S-STEM programs, as it sheds light on how receptive students may be to possible common program elements. The paper will also contain some discussion on the importance of the group activities in a virtual environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, we will provide some suggestions based on our experiences on how to improve the program activities to make them more beneficial to the students.

Reisel, J. R., & Otieno, W., & Beimborn, C. (2021, July), Student Impressions of Elements of a S-STEM Program Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37744

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