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WIP: A Layered Mentorship Program (LMP) for Engineering Student Success and Retention

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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First-Year Programs Division Poster Session

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First-Year Programs

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Diversity

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12

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Gregory Edward Simon University of Colorado Denver Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0325-9010

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Maryam Darbeheshti University of Colorado Denver Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-7988-0906

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Dr. Maryam Darbeheshti is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is the PI of a recent NSF award that focuses on STEM identity at Urban Universities.

Darbeheshti's primary research is in the area of Multi-phase viscous flows in Fluid Mechanics. She also studies the factors that improve the First-Year Engineering Program. Darbeheshti created the Engineering Learning Community for First-year students at CU-Denver. She is a member of ASME: Society of Mechanical Engineers. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing.

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Miriam Howland Cummings University of Colorado Denver Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8653-4489

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Miriam Howland Cummings is a PhD candidate in the Education Research Methods program at the University of Colorado Denver. Her work focuses on applying a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods to education contexts, including both K-12 education and higher education.

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William Taylor Schupbach University of Colorado Denver

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Tom Altman University of Colorado Denver

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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 has published over 75 journal, conference, and technical papers. Presently, Dr. Altman is a Professor of Computer Science at CU Denver and has been an active ABET Program Evaluator (CAC) since 2008. His current research focus is on STEM and more specifically, Engineering Education.

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Michael S. Jacobson University of Colorado Denver

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Professor of Mathematics for over 40 years, with a keen interest in STEM Education and improving student success.

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Katherine Goodman University of Colorado Denver Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5235-3372

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Katherine Goodman is assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver, and curriculum lead at Inworks, an interdisciplinary innovation lab. Her research focuses on transformative experiences in engineering education. She is currently division chair of the Technological and Engineering Literacy - Philosophy of Engineering Division (TELPhE).

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Abstract: The impact of a layered mentorship Program (LMP) on the retention of first-year engineering students is studied. The College of Engineering at an urban research university is acutely aware of the increased need for retention programs in engineering colleges across the US. To respond to this need, a unique mentorship program, LMP, is established as one of the main components of an Engineering Learning Community (ELC) for first-year engineering students. Students self-select into the ELC program and, upon being registered, are assigned a peer mentor. The peer mentors are sophomore through senior-level undergraduate engineering students in the college who hold loosely structured meetings with the mentee students. The peer mentors are in turn supported by multiple “layers”, including senior mentors, graduate students, and faculty. We are studying this peer mentorship component of the ELC program as a critical and catalyzing peer relationship that promotes STEM identity. The focus on relationship and identity building hinges on connectivity, which is emerging as a particularly critical challenge in the remote learning context resulting from the global pandemic. This makes the research particularly relevant to a contemporary, global problem. Our preliminary data suggests that mentoring discussions are generally focused on achieving high academic performance through time management and collaboration with learning community peers. We are endeavoring to understand if and how these themes can be leveraged to promote STEM Identity, academic success, and ultimately student retention when compared to non-participating students. Our research involves triangulating interview (n= 3?), survey (n = 17?), and retention data to provide evidence that the mentoring program supplies extra support for the students being mentored. The discussion will include how the pandemic has impacted our mentoring program, as they transitioned from in-person to online mentoring.

Simon, G. E., & Darbeheshti, M., & Howland Cummings, M., & Schupbach, W. T., & Altman, T., & Jacobson, M. S., & Goodman, K. (2021, July), WIP: A Layered Mentorship Program (LMP) for Engineering Student Success and Retention Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/38066

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