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Spaulding, Dean T.; Kennedy, Jelane A.; Rózsavölgyi, Amanda; Colón, Wilfredo – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
While the majority of STEM persistence has focused on outcomes for first-year students there has been little investigation into the outcomes for peer mentors and no investigation into whether peer mentors perceive the experience differently based on gender, ethnicity or other relevant variables. The purpose of this study was to examine an archival…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Academic Persistence, Mentors, Peer Teaching
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Sharma, Arun K.; Hernandez, Michelle; Phuong, Vinh – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Course-based undergraduate research (CURE) is an educational paradigm to engage students in authentic research projects as part of their classroom experience. We present a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) for first-year students to get acquainted with the research process and apply the skills of scientific computing to…
Descriptors: Student Research, Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement, Climate
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Van Hoof, Thomas J.; Walsh, Stephen J.; Missal, Jacob; Burkey, Daniel D. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
The science of learning (learning science) is an emerging interdisciplinary field that concerns itself with how the brain learns and remembers important information. The authors describe an innovative extracurricular program that introduced first-year undergraduate students in engineering to learning science, specifically the biological steps in…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Extracurricular Activities, Engineering Education, College Freshmen
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Gibson, Angelia D.; Siopsis, Maria; Beale, Karen – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Consistent with national trends, only about ½ of students who intend to major in STEM disciplines at Maryville College (MC) complete bachelor's degrees in these fields. The Scots Science Scholars (S[superscript 3] ) program was funded through the National Science Foundation's STEM Talent Extension Program to increase the number of students…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, STEM Education, Majors (Students), Liberal Arts
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Kramer, Barbara; Walston, Timothy – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
An integrative introduction to the sciences and an introduction to scientific writing can provide a strong foundation for broadly trained STEM majors to explore the interconnectedness of STEM disciplines and prepare them for scientific research. These goals have been accomplished through a sequence of two first-year courses, STEM 101: Integrative…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Thinking Skills, Scientific Principles
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Chapman, Jessica L.; Hill, Adam D.; Nagel-Myers, Judith; Ramler, Ivan P. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
St. Lawrence University received a five-year Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the multidisciplinary Liberal Arts Science Scholars program (award #1458712), which makes a high quality science and mathematics education accessible to high achieving,…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Majors (Students)
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Lecocke, Michael; Shaw, Jason; Martines, Ian; Wolff, Necia; Cano, Paulina; Tobares, Vanessa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
The St. Mary's University Jump Start summer bridge program for precalculus was implemented for the first time in August 2014 and completed its third iteration in August 2016. This 12-day summer bridge program occurred immediately before the beginning of the fall semester. The primary intent of this program was to effectively provide prerequisite…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Transitional Programs, Summer Programs, Majors (Students)