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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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Swift, Michael C.; Bowers, Lisa; McDonald, Eric; Walter, Anne – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
St. Olaf College recently restructured its Summer Bridge Program (SBP) course for incoming low-income (LI) and first-generation (FG) college students from a non-major biology course, "Issues in Biology," to an interdisciplinary "Explorations in Science" course. Two significant changes were made with the intention of giving…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Transitional Programs, Low Income Students, First Generation College 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)
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Walczak, Mary M.; Ziegler-Graham, Kathryn; Bozak, Emily Berry; Henry, Katherine; Rice, Kiegan; Richards, Marc – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Motivated by assessment of externally awarded grants and internal programmatic practices, we used transcript and demographic data for students entering a highly selective residential liberal arts college between 2002-2015 to answer institutional-level questions about course taking patterns and pathways relevant to Science, Technology, Engineering,…
Descriptors: College Students, STEM Education, Majors (Students), Course Selection (Students)
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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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Miller, Roxanne Greitz; Hurlock, Ashley J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Non research-intensive institutions of higher education are effective at narrowing STEM gender gaps in major selection and persistence to degree completion, yet the decision to attend such a setting is likely seen as counterintuitive when such institutions typically have lower levels of research, financial resources, and total student enrollments…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Females, STEM Education, Performance Factors
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Mwaikinda, Sekela R.; Aruguete, Mara S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Our study tests the effectiveness of STEM Alliance, a student organization aimed at increasing academic and social support for students pursuing STEM majors. STEM Alliance offered weekly, extracurricular activities aimed at preparing students for graduate school and STEM careers. Students attending STEM Alliance events showed greater academic and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Organizations, Quasiexperimental Design, Majors (Students)
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Lakin, Joni M.; Han, Yi; Davis, Edward – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The "Grand Challenges" for Engineering are an effort to portray engineering as a field that has profound impacts on society. This study explores the level of interest first-year engineering students had in various "Grand Challenges" and in nanotechnology topics. We administered a survey to a large sample of students enrolled in…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Molecular Structure, Technology, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Medsker, Larry; Allard, Lee; Tucker, Lucas J.; O'Donnell, Jodi L.; Sterne-Marr, Rachel; Bannon, Jon; Finn, Rose; Weatherwax, Allan – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The Tech Valley Scholars (TVS) program included 38 students who joined this program over the course of three academic years, from 2009 to 2012. These students comprise the experimental group for this study to determine if participating in the NSF-funded Tech Valley Scholars program improved academic outcomes. The experimental group was compared to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Randomized Controlled Trials, Majors (Students), Grade Point Average
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Meyers, Kerry Lynn – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
A 1 credit hour First-Year Engineering Course which provides background to students on the engineering disciplinary options available to them was redesigned to help inform the selection of their engineering major for future study. Initially, course administration was a large lecture class but was transformed into smaller classes that were…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Homework, Technology Uses in Education
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Kassaee, Ameneh Mahrou; Rowell, Ginger Holmes – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Researchers have confirmed that students' motivation is one of the most important factors educators can target to improve learning (Williams & Williams, 2011). This study explored the role which student's motivation played in the retention of first-time, full-time freshman (FTFTF) STEM majors at University (U) (blinded). Student motivational…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Intervention, STEM Education, Student Motivation
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Piper, Jon K.; Krehbiel, Dwight – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
To attract and retain more academically qualified students to science and mathematics, we developed a merit-based scholarship program for incoming students with STEM interests. Scholarship recipients participate for the first two years in an interdisciplinary learning community and declare a STEM major by the sophomore year. STEM Learning…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Seminars
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Boylan-Ashraf, Peggy C.; Freeman, Steven A.; Shelley, Mack C. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
In the past ten years, engineering classrooms have seen an exponential growth in the use of technology, more than during any other previous decade. Unprecedented advancements, such as the advent of innovative gadgets and fundamental instructional alterations in engineering classrooms, have introduced changes in both teaching and learning. Student…
Descriptors: College Students, Engineering Education, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Introductory Courses
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Bowling, Bethany; Doyle, Maureen; Taylor, Jennifer; Antes, Alison – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Efforts to improve retention in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors frequently utilize peer mentors and/or leaders. At Northern Kentucky University, the STEM Ambassador (SA) program involves students in the creation of a STEM community through multifaceted roles as mentors, peer-learning facilitators, and social…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), School Holding Power, Mentors
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