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The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) in Engineering Program

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

26.1579.1 - 26.1579.9

DOI

10.18260/p.24916

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https://peer.asee.org/24916

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258

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Eve A. Riskin University of Washington

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Eve Riskin received her BS degree in Electrical Engineering from
M.I.T. and her graduate degrees in EE from Stanford. Since 1990, she
has been in the EE Department at the University of Washington where
she is now Associate Dean of Diversity and Access in the College of
Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the
ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change. With ADVANCE, she works on
mentoring and leadership development programs for women faculty in
SEM. Her research interests include image compression and image
processing, with a focus on developing video compression algorithms to
allow for cell-phone transmission of American Sign Language. She was
awarded a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, a
Sloan Research Fellowship, the 2006 WEPAN University Change Agent
award, the 2006 Hewlett-Packard Harriett B. Rigas Award, and the 2007
University of Washington David B. Thorud Leadership Award.
She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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Dawn Wiggin University of Washington

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DAWN WIGGIN
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Dawn Wiggin is the Associate Director of Diversity & Access for Student Academic Services (SAS) at the University of Washington, College of Engineering. Dawn is responsible for overseeing the College’s recruitment, outreach, and diversity initiatives including the recruitment and inclusion of educationally and economically disadvantaged students in order to increase the percentage of underrepresented minorities and women considering higher education in engineering.

Professional Preparation

University of Washington 2011 MPA Public Administration
University of Washington 2001 BA Psychology
Costa Rica Language Institute 2002 Spanish

Appointments
Associate Director of Diversity & Access, Student Academic Services, University of Washington College of Engineering, Box 352180 Seattle, WA 98195-2180 (2014-Present)

Associate Director of Recruitment & Outreach, Student Academic Services, University of Washington College of Engineering, Box 352180 Seattle, WA 98195-2180 (2011-2014)

Associate Director of Experiential Learning, Student Academic Services, University of Washington College of Engineering, Box 352180 Seattle, WA 98195-2180 (2009-2010)

Program Manager, Engineering Co-op & Internship Program, Engineering Advising & Diversity Center, University of Washington College of Engineering, Box 352180 Seattle, WA 98195-2180 (2005-2009)

Program Coordinator, Engineering Co-op & Internship Program, Diversity & Student Services, University of Washington College of Engineering, Box 352180 Seattle, WA 98195-2180 (2003-2005)

Publication

Jeremy Kingma, Eve Riskin, John Schneider, Robert Olsen, Sonya Cunningham, Dawn Wiggin, Kirk Reinkens, and Scott Winter, “The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) in Engineering Program,” Proceedings of the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 2014.

Synergistic Activities & Projects in Education

Co-Principal Investigator, Washington STate Academic RedShirt Program (STARS). Grant increases the retention rate of economically and educationally disadvantaged students in Engineering, (2013-present).

Principal Investigator, Early Engineering Institute. Grant increases the math aptitude and interest in engineering for 144 middle and high school students from rural Washington communities, (Summers 2012-present).

Affiliate Associate Director, NSF Research Experience & Mentoring. Grant provides funding for six incoming UW freshmen to conduct research on the “Towards zero-energy buildings based on energy-harvesting electrochromic window (EH-ECW) and thermoelectrics (TE) systems” project, (2012-present).

Associate Director, Mathematics Academy. Program creates access to engineering for educationally and economically disadvantaged students, (2011-2014).

Associate Director, Engineering Discovery Days. The largest UW College of Engineering annual event brings over 8,000 students and families to campus to explore engineering through interactive activities, (2012-2014).

Board President, NW Career Educators and Employers Association. Organization brings together career educators and employers to improve the economic vitality of the Pacific Northwest, (2008).

Collaborators

Dr. Robert G. Olsen, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Washington State University
Dr. John Schneider, Associate Dean of Engineering and Architecture and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Washington State University
Kirk Reinkens, Instructor, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator, Washington State University

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Jeremy Kingma Washington State University

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John B. Schneider Washington State University

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John Schneider is an associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. He has been with WSU since 1991. He conducts research in the areas of acoustics, optics and electromagnetics; wave propagation and scattering; computer solutions to electromagnetic and acoustic problems; and remote sensing. He has received the Reid Miller Teaching Excellence award from the College and has been the EECS researcher of the year. He was the recipient of a prestigious U.S. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. In 2012, he was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where he was recognized for contributions to the field of computational electromagnetics.

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Sonya Cunningham University of Washington

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Scott Winter University of Washington

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Abstract

The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) in Engineering ProgramWe discuss the Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) in Engineering Program,which aims to increase the number of economically and educationally disadvantagedstudents who graduate with engineering degrees from the University of Washington andWashington State University.The STARS program can be likened to the redshirt year used to develop talented athletesin college athletics. In the redshirt year, STARS students are offered intensive support,preparing them with the academic and learning skills required to be successful inengineering the following four years. The academic focus of the STARS program is onbringing the student’s math skills and efficacy up to levels required to successfully passCalculus I, an early indicator of future success in an engineering program. Additionally,connecting students in a supportive academic and social community is emphasized.Overall, a high touch approach is being used to create an environment of growth anddevelopment not previously offered to these hard-working and motivated students.In this paper, we discuss our multi-faceted student selection process which is critical toidentifying students that the STARS program can successfully impact. We share ourevaluation results from the first year and lessons learned from the first two years. Wealso discuss ways in which we modified the program based on evaluation data.

Riskin, E. A., & Wiggin, D., & Kingma, J., & Schneider, J. B., & Cunningham, S., & Winter, S. (2015, June), The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) in Engineering Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24916

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