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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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D'Souza, Malcolm J.; Shuman, Kevin E.; Wentzien, Derald E.; Roeske, Kristopher P. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Wesley College secured a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM (scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) grant (1355554) to provide affordability and access to its robust STEM programs. With these funds, the college initiated a freshman to senior level, mixed-cohort, Cannon Scholar (CS) learning community…
Descriptors: Grants, Access to Education, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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Windsor, Alistair; Ivey, Stephanie – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Increasing persistence and graduation of post-secondary STEM students is a topic of significant focus and research, as are strategies for identifying barriers to success and intervening to bridge related gaps. In the case of underrepresented students, there are many challenges that may impact persistence in STEM majors, many of which, while…
Descriptors: Success, STEM Education, Disproportionate Representation, Majors (Students)
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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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Payton, Fay Cobb; White, Ashley; Mullins, Tara – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
There is a growing interest in STEAM (STEM + Arts) education nationwide. To uncover why these interdisciplinary initiatives can play a significant role in the student educational experience, it is crucial to identify characteristics of university students, who are participating and enrolled in STEM and arts curricula. We are interested in students…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Majors (Students), Interdisciplinary Approach
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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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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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Kalevitch, Maria; Maurer, Cheryl; Badger, Paul; Holdan, Greg; Sirinterlikci, Arif – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (SEMS) at Robert Morris University (RMU) was awarded a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund scholarships to 21 academically talented but financially challenged students majoring in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Each…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering Education, Grants, Scholarships
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Windsor, Alistair; Bargagliotti, Anna; Best, Rachel; Franceschetti, Donald; Haddock, John; Ivey, Stephanie; Russomanno, David – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
MemphiSTEP is a five-year STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) at the University of Memphis sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The project focuses on retention and persistence to graduation to increase the number of STEM majors and graduates. The project includes a range of student retention programs, including a Summer Mathematics…
Descriptors: STEM Education, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Majors (Students)
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Sutton, Kyra L.; Sankar, Chetan S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2011
The retention of engineering students is important because more than half of the students who begin engineering programs in the United States will not earn an engineering degree. A literature review showed the importance of academic advising in retaining students in engineering programs. Therefore, the goal of this study is to identify the level…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Engineering Education, Teaching Styles, Focus Groups