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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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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)
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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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Koch, Robert; Kucsera, John; Angus, Kathryn Bartle; Norman, Kimberly; Bowers, Erica; Nair, Pradeep; Moon, Hye Sun; Karimi, Afshin; Barua, Susamma – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Academic programs targeted for first-time students can help their persistence in STEM majors. Our project, ASCEND STEM, included three first-year experiences (FYEs) designed to offer students the skills that would help them successfully traverse potential barriers to academic success. In the FYEs, we sought to strengthen the learning power,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), College Freshmen, Science Process Skills
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Cançado, Luciana; Reisel, John R.; Walker, Cindy M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
A summer bridge program was developed in an engineering program to advance the preparation of incoming freshmen students, particularly with respect to their math course placement. The program was intended to raise the initial math course placement of students who otherwise would begin their engineering studies in courses below Calculus I. One…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Engineering Education, Academic Persistence, Graduation Rate
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Lisberg, Anneke; Woods, Brett – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Nearly one half of students planning to earn a STEM degree either change majors or leave college without a degree. The completion percentage is much lower for underrepresented minorities, of whom less than one third complete their STEM degree within six years. At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the STEM Boot Camp program was designed to…
Descriptors: Mentors, Learning Strategies, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students
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Kashyap, Upasana; Mathew, Santhosh – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
The purpose of this study was to compare students' performances in a freshmen level quantitative reasoning course (QR) under three different instructional models. A cohort of 155 freshmen students was placed in one of the three models: needing a prerequisite course, corequisite (students enroll simultaneously in QR course and a course that…
Descriptors: Models, STEM Education, Statistical Analysis, Comparative Analysis
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Carver, Susan D.; Van Sickle, Jenna; Holcomb, John P.; Jackson, Debbie K.; Resnick, Andrew H.; Duffy, Stephen F.; Sridhar, Nigamanth; Marquard, Antoinette M.; Quinn, Candice M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
In 2012, Cleveland State University implemented a comprehensive program, called Operation STEM (OpSTEM), funded by two National Science Foundation grants, federal work study, and Cleveland State University. Its goal is to increase retention and graduation rates among Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students by helping them…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, STEM Education, Mathematics Achievement, Calculus
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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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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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