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Understanding Undergraduate Engineering Students’ Pandemic Experiences

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Michelle Maher University of Missouri - Kansas City

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Darran Cairns West Virginia University

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John Kevern University of Missouri - Kansas City


Jacob Marszalek University of Missouri - Kansas City

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Professor, Department of Psychology, UMKC
Interim Associate Dean, School of Education, UMKC

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Kathleen O'Shea

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Graduate research assistant, counseling psychology PhD candidate

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In this paper, we explore the lived pandemic experiences of civil and mechanical engineering students participating in a S-STEM scholarship program during the 2020-2021 academic year. The program, launched in 2020, is designed to facilitate the transfer of students from a community college to an urban-serving research university co-located in a Midwestern city. Findings reveal how the pandemic both challenged students and illuminated resiliency and sources of on- and off-campus support. A description of how findings have informed program goals and implementation is offered.

Maher, M., & Cairns, D., & Kevern, J., & Marszalek, J., & O'Shea, K. (2022, August), Understanding Undergraduate Engineering Students’ Pandemic Experiences Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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