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Support Model for Transfer Students Utilizing the STEM Scholarship Program

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session I

Tagged Topics

Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

8

DOI

10.18260/p.25969

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https://peer.asee.org/25969

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209

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Lynn Olson P.E. Boise State University

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Lynn Olson, P.E, is the Recruitment Coordinator in the College of Engineering at Boise State. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University in 1995. She began her engineering consulting career with T-O Engineers (formerly Toothman-Orton Engineering) in Boise in 1997. In fall of 2011 she joined the staff of the College of Engineering at Boise State as an Advisor and Recruitment Coordinator. Since that time she has worked as an adjunct faculty teaching Introduction to Engineering and in 2012 took over as Scholarship Program Coordinator for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the College of Engineering. She has been actively involved with the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers since 2003 serving as Southwest Chapter and State President and currently serves as the Idaho Regional Director to the National Society of Professional Engineers. Lynn volunteers with both the MATHCOUNTS and Future City programs promoting math, science and engineering to 6th-8th grade students.

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Amy J Moll Boise State University

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Amy J. Moll is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Moll received her B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana in 1987. Her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1994. Following graduate school, Moll worked for Hewlett Packard (San Jose, Calif. and Colorado Springs, Colo.). She joined the faculty at Boise State as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in August of 2000. Along with Dr. Bill Knowlton, Moll founded the Materials Science and Engineering Program at BSU and served as the first chair. In February 2011, she became Dean of the College of Engineering. Her research interests include microelectronic packaging, particularly 3-D integration and ceramic MEMS devices.

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Doug Bullock Boise State University

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Doug Bullock is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Boise State University. His educational research interests include impacts of pedagogy on STEM student success and retention.

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Sondra M Miller Boise State University

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Dr. Sondra M. Miller is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering within the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Miller earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. Her educational research interests are focused on methods to attract and retain women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

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Amit Jain Boise State University

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Amit Jain is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Computer Science Department in the College of Engineering at Boise State University. He is passionate about introducing computer science and has served as the coordinator for Computer Science I course. His research interests include parallel computing. He has worked with ten different departments and several private companies with research funding from several agencies. He has also served as the Chief Scientist for Balihoo, a Boise software company. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida and a B.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

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Janet Callahan Boise State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6665-1584

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Janet Callahan is the Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Callahan received her Ph.D. in Materials Science, M.S. in Metallurgy, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Her educational research interests include materials science, freshman engineering programs, math education, and retention and recruitment of STEM majors.

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Abstract

This paper describes how the College of Engineering at Boise State University utilized a National Science Foundation S-STEM award from 2011 to 2016 to support transfer students in their path toward graduation. The need for this support was a result of both Boise State University College of Engineering’s transition from a 2-year pre-engineering program to the establishment of Bachelors of Science in Engineering Degree programs in 1997 as well as the establishment of the College of Western Idaho as a regional community college in 2007. Both of these factors led to an increase in the numbers of incoming engineering students transferring from other institutions of higher education to complete their degree. These students were generally ineligible for most Boise State University scholarship programs which are mainly aimed toward students entering college directly from high school.

In this paper we describe how our program connected transfer students with university staff, faculty and resources. To date, this program has a 100% retention rate, with the exception of one student on an official leave of absence, and a projected 100% graduation rate with 91% of the students already graduated. In addition, approximately 22% of scholarship graduates are pursuing graduate degrees.

Olson, L., & Moll, A. J., & Bullock, D., & Miller, S. M., & Jain, A., & Callahan, J. (2016, June), Support Model for Transfer Students Utilizing the STEM Scholarship Program Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25969

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