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ERIC Number: EJ930653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1084-6522
STEM Mentoring--Aspiration to Achievement
Church, Al
NCSSSMST Journal, v16 n1 p13-14 Fall 2010
In conjunction with an NSF-funded mentoring program that partners University of Utah engineering professors and their undergraduate and graduate students with high school students from several Salt Lake City high schools that have a high percentage of low income and ethnic minority students, the Academy for Math, Engineering, and Science (AMES) students continued on a journey of self discovery that may, in some way, help with the national STEM challenge. AMES is a high-performing Title One STEM early college high school in Salt Lake City. Teachers learned that a key factor in moving students from aspiration to achievement is mentoring. The NSF program and other AMES campus efforts, the required AMES community-based internship program, opportunities with mentors, role models, and supportive adults in STEM fields prove to be turning points and driving forces in the lives of aspiring AMES students. In this article, the author shares perspectives from his experiences as a specialized school director in Utah, focusing on the importance of mentoring relationships in changing minority students' aspirations into achievements.
National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. 3020 Wards Ferry Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Tel: 434-582-1104; Fax: 434-239-4140; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah