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ERIC Number: EJ1163621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Peer Mentor Program for the General Chemistry Laboratory Designed to Improve Undergraduate STEM Retention
Damkaci, Fehmi; Braun, Timothy F.; Gublo, Kristin
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n12 p1873-1880 Dec 2017
We describe the design and implementation of an undergraduate peer mentor program that can overlay an existing general chemistry laboratory and is designed to improve STEM student retention. For the first four freshman cohorts going through the program, year-to-year retention improved by a four-year average of 20% for students in peer-mentored laboratories versus those not in peer-mentored laboratories. A majority of students in peer-mentored laboratories recommend continuation of the program, 85.4% of 765 students in the first three cohorts. Our program is uncomplicated and requires only modest financial resources to affect significant increases in STEM retention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1161127