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The NSF S-STEM Program 2010-2014 at Purdue University Northwest (Experience)

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Minorities in Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Harvey Abramowitz EngScD Purdue University Northwest, Hammond

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BS Materials Science 1972
Columbia University
MS Extractive Metallurgy/Mineral Processing 1975
Columbia University
EngScD Extractive Metallurgy/Mineral Processing 1983
Columbia Unviversity

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Roy L. Hamilton Purdue University Northwest Orcid 16x16

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Throughout his career Roy L. Hamilton has been an advocate for providing the leadership and resources that promote educational opportunity for those who have traditionally been excluded from the American educational mainstream. He states that his advocacy and sense of service are very much influenced by a statement his mother made to him during the Christmas break before he was to receive his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, “Roy Lee, never forget about poor people.” For Hamilton, poor people are persons who have voice, but cannot use it for their benefit. His over thirty-five years, as a professional in higher education, he has provided voice to the voiceless and potency to those with voice. It is Hamilton’s belief that every person should have the opportunity to seek a college education or pursue a Ph. D. regardless of their educational and socioeconomic background.

He currently holds the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Opportunity Programs and Director of the Purdue University Northwest Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a federal program designed to prepare first generation/low-income students and students from underrepresented disciplines for graduate study. In addition, he also provides administrative leadership to other Purdue Northwest Programs that provide educational access and success for underrepresented student populations for student beginning in sixth grade through graduate study. He recently developed and implemented programing that addresses the needs of pre-college students interested in the STEM disciples using the arts and sports.

He also teaches courses such as the African American Experience and the Effects of Hip Hop on American Culture in the University’s Ethnic Studies Program. His research interests are in neighborhood displacement and Black Migration, especially in the Post-World War II period.
He received the Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Morehouse College (Atlanta); the Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in American History; and did further study toward the Ph. D. in American History at Indiana University (Bloomington.)

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The NSF S-STEM Program at Purdue University Northwest (formerly Purdue University Calumet) provided educational opportunities for financially needy but academically talented STEM students. Services and activities were designed to: 1) improve the undergraduate educational experiences, 2) increase the number of students completing the first stage of baccalaureate study, and those receiving degrees, and 3) increase the likelihood that a Scholar will be employed or enrolled in a graduate program. Initially, 26 students were chosen, divided between those in the beginning stages of a STEM major (15) and those at the upper level (11). Additional Scholars were added as Scholars graduated or left, with 59 total participants. ME (34%) and CE (17%) were the two most popular majors. The percentage of the underrepresented population was 37% (15% African American, 19% Hispanic and 3% Asian /Pacific Islander). The ratio of males to females was 3:1. For male students, 37% were from underrepresented groups, and for females 35%. A desired target was the maintenance of an overall 3.0 GPA by 90% of the participants each semester. The average of 79% fell short, but when the cumulative GPA was at least 2.8, the 90% level was attained. By the end of the program, 82% of the lower level completed the first two years of a degree, and 28 BS degrees had been obtained. Since many students do not finish their program in 4 years, the actual number of degrees eventually awarded in a STEM field totaled 54, or 92% of all the participants. Post 2014 graduate activities of Scholars indicate that most sought employment after graduation. To see the effectiveness of the program, comparisons were made between students who participated in the program and those who did not. The major differences were: percentage of underrepresented minorities (e.g, 36% vs. 27% for Fall 2013); female participants on average (19.5% vs. 13.5 %); and an average beginning GPA for all semesters of 3.38, as opposed to 2.79.

Abramowitz, H., & Hamilton, R. L. (2019, June), The NSF S-STEM Program 2010-2014 at Purdue University Northwest (Experience) Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33412

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