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Summer Engineering Bridge Program At University Of Maryland Eastern Shore: Objectives And Enrichment Activities.

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.915.1 - 6.915.11

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Gurbax Singh

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri

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Session Number 2470

Summer Engineering Bridge Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore: Objectives and Enrichment Activities

Abhijit Nagchaudhuri, Gurbax Singh University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD 21853


The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) supported summer engineering "Bridge" program is designed for students who have applied and have been accepted to join the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) as freshman in the fall semester. Furthermore, it is directed primarily towards students who have expressed an interest in pursuing engineering degree but have relatively low GPA and SAT scores. The program endeavors to "bridge" the gap between high school preparation and expected standards of engineering freshmen for these marginally accepted engineering majors. The program is also sensitive to the disproportionate number of minorities and women who pursue engineering. The program includes provision for financial incentives by way of tuition scholarships to be provided to promising students. The program includes academic as well as life-skills, social, and motivational components that would help the targeted students to deal with rigors of engineering education. The academic component of the program emphasizes the following: mathematics concepts and skills to solve practical problems; comprehension of physical principles; engineering problem solving and teamwork and development of communication skills.

UMES mathematics, science and engineering faculty members are directly involved in curriculum development and providing the enrichment activities. Engineering undergraduate students who are in good academic standing act as project advisors for design activities and software efforts integrated with the program. SEBP students also look up at them role models and can approach them for advise and counseling. A graduate student in mathematics and computer sciences provides additional tutoring support and is also responsible for enhancement of the project website.

I. Introduction

UMES is a historically black university and the 1890 Land Grant Institution for the State of Maryland offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. With support from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility and in collaboration with the College of Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), the UMES began offering the first two years of the engineering curriculum in the fall of

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Singh, G., & Nagchaudhuri, A. (2001, June), Summer Engineering Bridge Program At University Of Maryland Eastern Shore: Objectives And Enrichment Activities. Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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