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Three Years of the Urban STEM Collaboratory

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date

August 23, 2022

Start Date

June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--42104

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Maryam Darbeheshti University of Colorado Denver

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Dr. Maryam Darbeheshti is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests are in multiphase fluid flow, and Engineering Education.

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Miriam Howland Cummings University of Colorado Denver

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Miriam is a PhD candidate in Education Research and Evaluation Methods at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and a graduate research assistant on an NSF S-STEM grant in CU Denver's College of Engineering, Design, and Computing.

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Stephanie Ivey The University of Memphis

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David Russomanno Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

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Karen Alfrey Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

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Danny King Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

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Jeffrey Watt

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Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences, IUPUI.

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Craig Stewart

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Michael Jacobson University of Colorado Denver

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Tom Altman

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Dr. Tom Altman – Professor
Tom Altman received his B.S. degrees in Computer Science and in Mathematics, and M.S. and Ph.D. (1984) in Computer Science, all from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Altman specializes in optimization algorithms, formal language theory, and complex system simulation. He joined CU Denver in 1990 and became a full professor in 1997. Dr. Altman has published a book and over 90 journal, conference, and technical papers. He has been a recipient of numerous research awards, including ASCE Best Research Paper and USEPA Star Award. Professor Altman has been a PI or co-PI on over 20 external grants, including multiple ones from the NSF, DARPA, AFOSR, MDA, AFRL, Army and Navy.

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Katherine Goodman University of Colorado Denver

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Katherine Goodman is an assistant professor (teaching track) at the University of Colorado Denver. She serves as curriculum lead for Inworks, an interdisciplinary innovation lab within the College of Engineering, Design and Computing. Her research focuses on transformative experiences in
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Gregory Simon University of Colorado Denver

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Abstract

Launched three years ago, the Urban STEM Collaboratory is a an NSF-funded S-STEM program at three public urban research universities. With the first student scholarships awarded in Fall 2019, each campus has observed positive student outcomes even despite the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goals of the program include: to award scholarships to academically talented and financially needy undergraduate mathematical science and engineering majors; to implement student activities and supports designed to increase student success, attitudes, workforce readiness, and STEM self-efficacy; and to ensure substantial student participation in project activities through a special Badge system incentivizing participation.

While the three campuses shared some aspects of the program, each campus also had unique aspects. Among the more notable campus-specific aspects of the Urban STEM Collaboratory are the use of peer-led team learning (PLTL) at one campus, a STEM ambassador program at another campus, and a robust layered peer mentorship program at the other campus. Additionally, each campus funds students for different periods of time (2 years, 3 years, or 4 years), resulting in varying student cohort sizes among campuses. Despite these unique aspects, each campus has experienced program success as measured through quantitative and qualitative student outcomes. Further, program participants (both students and faculty) from across all three campuses engage with each other regularly using virtual online platforms, creating a unique cross-campus community.

This poster will report on the current state of the Urban STEM Collaboratory, including findings from all three campuses from the first three years of the S-STEM grant.

Darbeheshti, M., & Howland Cummings, M., & Ivey, S., & Russomanno, D., & Alfrey, K., & King, D., & Watt, J., & Stewart, C., & Jacobson, M., & Altman, T., & Goodman, K., & Simon, G. (2022, August), Three Years of the Urban STEM Collaboratory Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--42104

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