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Work in Progress: Assessing the Impact of the First-year Summer Experience Program on Engineering Student Development and Transfer into Engineering

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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First-year Programs Division Postcard Session 1: Retention and Student Success Strategies

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Elizabeth R. Kurban University of Maryland, College Park

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Elizabeth Kurban serves as the Assistant Director of Retention for the Women in Engineering Program at the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering. Elizabeth's professional and research interests broadly surround STEM-field access and persistence for women and underrepresented minoritized student populations. She is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education, particularly in the context of engineering. Elizabeth recently earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Maryland's College of Education. Prior to her journey at UMD, Elizabeth worked in higher education policy research in Washington, DC and earned an M.S.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Delaware.

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Paige E. Smith University of Maryland, College Park

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Paige Smith, Ph.D. is the director of the Women in Engineering Program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. Paige has over 20 years of experience with recruiting and retaining diverse populations in engineering. Under her leadership, the Women in Engineering Program received the 2008 National Engineers Week Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Award. She is the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) grant called the Successful Engineering Education and Development Support (SEEDS) Program. SEEDS extends successful women in engineering retention programs to all first-year and new external transfer students in the Clark School. Paige is the co-lead for the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC), a regional collaborative within the NSF-funded National Girls Collaborative Project which brings together girl-serving organizations across Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. that are committed to increasing the number of young women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Currently, Paige is serving as the Immediate Past President for the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). Paige earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial and systems engineering and B.S. in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech.

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Kurubel Belay University of Maryland

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The First Year Summer Experience (FYSE) program is a three-week residential summer orientation program focused on the development and strengthening of math-intensive engineering problem-solving skills. Recruitment and selection of participants is targeted toward inclusion of women, underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, engineering admits with weak mathematics preparation, and students interested in engineering but who were not admitted. From 2012 to 2017, there have been 238 FYSE participants, including 107 students majoring in engineering and 131 students in the Letters & Sciences division. This paper will explore a work in progress in understanding participants’ longitudinal progress to transfer into engineering majors and degree completion. This discussion will be supplemented with survey and focus group data to explore the extent to which students were supported by the components of the FYSE program.

Kurban, E. R., & Smith, P. E., & Belay, K. (2018, June), Work in Progress: Assessing the Impact of the First-year Summer Experience Program on Engineering Student Development and Transfer into Engineering Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31270

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