STEM Central

A Community of Practice for NSF STEM Projects


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BP - Bridge Programs

BP-001 "First Year Experience" with Science Partnership for Undergraduate Recruitment, Retention, and Success (SPURRS)

Angelo State University , Connie Russell

Highlight: Challenges associated with establishing and maintaining a summer bridge program for underprepared students

BP-002 Advancing STEM Performance, Innovation and Retention

Northern New Mexico College , Anthony Sena

Highlight: Individualized and focused math acceleration programs work.

BP-003 Assessment of the SUNY Oswego NSF S-STEM Bridge Camp 2011- 2012

SUNY College at Oswego , Dr. Shashi Kanbur

Highlight: The data suggest Math Bridge Camps can have a positive effect on students' ability to succeed in their first year as a STEM major at Oswego.

BP-004 BEST Efforts at Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee Area Technical College , Aparna Sen

BP-005 Bridging the Valley: A STEP Ahead for STEM Majors

James Madison University , Bob Kolvoord

Highlight: A Bridge program that provides students a review of critical algebra and pre‐Calculus skills while better preparing participants for the college transition.

BP-006 Building Success: One STEP at a Time

Georgia Perimeter College , Pamela M. Leggett-Robinson

Highlight: Building a successful STEP program takes flexibility, effective communication, and signature programming.

BP-008 Mathematics as a FirstSTEP to Success in STEM

Middle Tennessee State University , Tom Cheatham

Highlight: MTSU's FirstSTEP project is improving retention in STEM for at-risk students by combining several best practices for STEM education including a summer mathematics bridge program, required mathematics supplemental instruction, intrusive advising, and an early undergraduate research in STEM.

BP-009 MemphiSTEP: A STEM Talent Expansion Program at the University of Memphis

University of Memphis , Dr. Don Franceschetti

Highlight: Community building activities, including networking and learning communities have been most successful in engaging STEM students and fostering persistence to graduation in STEM degrees.

BP-011 Retention through Remediation: Enhancing Calculus I Success

Texas A & M University , G Donald Allen

Highlight: Pre-remediation prior to matriculation works

BP-012 STEM Community Scholars Program

Daytona State College , Joseph Mercier, Dr Christian Rivera

Highlight: Community Scholars

BP-013 The Queensborough Bridge STEP Program

CUNY Queensborough Community College , Dr. Paris Svoronos

CI - Course and Curriculum Improvement

CI-001 A STEP to Grow in Science-Engineering-Mathematics Undergraduate Degrees

University of South Florida , Kandethody Ramachandran

Highlight: Project-based instruction, peer leading and peer tutoring are shown to individually contribute positively to student passing rates in calculus courses at the University of South Florida..

CI-002 Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience (CSIE) Program: Remarkable Impact Enhancing STEM Student Success

Eastern Michigan University , Ellene Tratras Contis

Highlight: The CSIE program involves a novel approach integrating faculty, students, and community partners by providing course clusters connected to real-world applications through community-based experiential learning.

CI-003 Enhancing First- year Retention in STEM at Concordia College

Concordia College , Heidi Manning

Highlight: Combined Biology/Chemistry lab is an effective way to increase retention in STEM

CI-005 Gateway into First-Year STEM Curricula: A Community College/University Collaboration Promoting Retention and Articulation

Wright State University , Nathan Klingbeil

Highlight: This project has institutionalized groundbreaking innovations in first-year STEM curricula which have uncorked traditional bottlenecks to student retention and success in STEM.

CI-006 Increasing Enrollment and Retention in the College of Engineering Using a Multi-Disciplinary Motorsports Theme (NSF 0856716)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte , Peter Tkacik

Highlight: We are using an engaging theme to capture the attention of high schoolers and engage Freshmen engineers.

CI-007 Intermediate Outcomes for STEM Students Who Participated in Math Tutoring, a Toy-Based Freshman Engineering Design Course, or a Summer Bridge Program

Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Main Campus , Catherine L. Cohan

Highlight: A modest investment of money can yield increases in the retention of STEM majors.

CI-008 Math Success for STEM Majors

Tennessee Technological University , Allan Mills

Highlight: Redesigned mathematics course shows increased success rate for students

CI-009 Research and Instructional Strategies for Engineering Retention - RISER

University of Tennessee , Claudia Rawn

Highlight: community building for different at risk groups

CI-010 Student Support Models Tailored by Departments to Discipline Needs

Bridgewater State College , Thomas Kling

Highlight: Allow departments to design their own student support, get more faculty buy-in, get more success in the long term.

CI-011 InTeGrate: Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future

Central Washington University , Anne Egger

Highlight: InTeGrate supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues across the undergraduate curriculum.

CI-012 Three Strategies to Improve STEM Graduation Rates

California State Polytechnical University - Pomona , Michael Page

Highlight: Course redevelopment, enhanced first year experiences, and apprenticeship all work together to improve the graduation rates of students,

CI-013 UCF STEP Pathways to STEM: From Promise to Prominence

University of Central Florida , Michael Georgiopoulos, Cynthia Young, Melissa Dagley

Highlight: Involve all stakeholders in your STEP Effort

TF - Two-Year/Four-Year Partnerships

TF-001 A STEP Up for the Life Sciences: Strengthening a Research University/Minority-serving Community College Partnership

University of Florida , Jennifer C Drew

Highlight: The University of Florida and Miami Dade College -North Campus are testing the success of a distance based BS program in Microbiology to increase STEM graduates.

TF-003 Baton Rouge Community College – Louisiana State University: A Partnership for STEM Student Success

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College , Warren N. Waggenspack, Jr.

Highlight: Lessons Learned from STEP 1 allow for expansion of support for the transition of transfer students from 2 year community college to 4 year institution

TF-004 Collaborative Research: Motivated Engineering Transfers - STEM Talent Expansion Program (METSTEP)

Eastern Arizona College , Phil McBride

Highlight: Universities partner with rural community colleges to increase the number of engineering graduates.

TF-005 Engaging Early Engineering Students (EEES) at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College

Michigan State University , Colleen A. McDonough

Highlight: Implementation of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) has significantly influenced career goals, social skills, and sense of community among the student tutors. The Connector Faculty project indicates that the College of Engineering is experiencing a shift in culture in terms of student-faculty interactions.

TF-006 Expanding the STEM Pipeline in Southern Indiana

University of Southern Indiana , Zane Mitchell

Highlight: This program has experienced a number of successes, some of which have had a University-wide impact

TF-007 Four Corners STEM Success (FOCUSS)

Fort Lewis College , Kimberly Hannula

Highlight: A 2-year/4-year collaboration at Native American-serving institutions in the Four Corners area.

TF-008 Increasing STEM talent through regional partnerships, recruiting, & retention

California State University - San Marcos , Charles De Leone

Highlight: Study-based programs plus strong institutional support equals measurable success in recruitment and retention.

TF-009 Motivated Engineering Transfers STEM Tallent Expansion Program (METSTEP)

Arizona State University , Dr. Mary Anderson-Rowland

Highlight: Over 90% retention of upper division transfer students and over 50% of these graduates going directly to graduate school are possible through a successful two-year/four-year partnership

TF-010 Northeastern University STEP-UP

Northeastern University , Claire Duggan

TF-011 Opening the Portals of Discovery: Increasing Opportunities in STEM Through Collaborative Research

University of Wisconsin Colleges , Rebecca Abler

Highlight: Portals of Discovery leverages the strengths of the UW System by fostering collaborations among students, faculty, and institutions to increase STEM attainment.

TF-013 SETGO mentoring significantly accelerates degree attainment

Bowling Green State University , Moira van Staaden

Highlight: Concentrated undergraduate research experiences combined with enrichment activities significantly accelerate degree attainment in a 2yr-/4-yr context.

TF-014 STEP Partnership of San Diego

San Diego State University , Rafael Alvarez

Highlight: SPSD/MESA has created an environment that supports students by providing much needed academic and community support, allowing them to be successful in their challenging academic careers as well as the STEM industries.

TF-015 TEST-UP: Talent Expansion in Science and Technology - An Urban Partnership

California State University - Fullerton , Mark S. Filowitz

Highlight: : Increased STEM AA degrees and transfer to four year institutions, increased retention and graduation rates for STEM transfer students, supplemental instruction yields higher grades and passing rates in gateway courses and closing of the achievement gap for URM's

TF-017 The Dallas STEM Gateways Collaborative: Creating Pathways For Transfer Student Success, Persistence and Retention

University of Texas at Dallas , John Sibert

Highlight: STEM Transfer Students Need Pathways Created In Order To Achieve Success, Persistence and Retention

TF-018 Urban Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program

Chicago State University , LeRoy Jones, II

Highlight: Students of color are transferring to four-year institutions and being retained in STEM at higher rates.

TF-019 “On Route to a Community of Practice in Undergraduate Engineering Education” The Academic Community for Engineering Students (ACES)

University of Virginia , Carolyn Vallas

Highlight: Two-year/four-year partnerships can face challenges that provide valuable learning lessons for all involved parties at both institutions.

UR - Early Undergraduate Research & Internships

UR-001 Appalachian Undergraduate Academy of Science

Appalachian State University , Rahman Tashakkori

Highlight: Engaging lower-level students.

UR-002 Bridges for SUCCESS: Growing STEM Enrollments Through Clear and Sustainable Pathways for Students

Salisbury University , Karen Olmstead

Highlight: In just three years, Salisbury University has achieved significant increases in student applications to, enrollments in, and graduations from our targeted majors of Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

UR-003 Building a STEM Pipeline in Chicago

DePaul University , Chris Goedde

Highlight: Students who participate in our research opportunities persist in STEM at higher rates.


Alma College , John Davis

Highlight: Getting students involved in research very early in their academic experience results in increased retention and better academic performance.

UR-006 STEM Sense of Community in the Undergraduate Transfer Experience

University of South Carolina - Columbia , Tim Mousseau

Highlight: We will describe the approaches that we used in evaluating interventions to improve students’ sense of community,

UR-007 STEP into Science at Medgar Evers College, Completing a Successful Strategic Plan

CUNY Medgar Evers College , Dereck Skeete

Highlight: Early exosure to research opportunites increases students interest and retention in their undergraduate science program

UR-009 The Environmental Leadership Pathway Program – University of California, Berkeley "Education, Research and Support”

University of California - Berkeley , Lynn Huntsinger

Highlight: This poster highlights program strategies and elements that we feel were critical to our success in assisting low-income, underrepresented, and first-to-college community college students on their path to STEM degrees.

ER - Educational Research and Policy

ER-001 Becoming Scientists: Practices in Undergraduate Education that Contribute to Degree Completion and Advanced Study in STEM Disciplines

University of California - Los Angeles , Sylvia Hurtado

Highlight: Participation in undergraduate research programs leads to significantly stronger intentions to pursue graduate school in the sciences.

ER-002 Characterizing and Modeling the Experience of Transfer Students in Engineering

Purdue University , Matthew W. Ohland

Highlight: Black and Hispanic transfer students are more successful than their non-transfer counterparts. Transfer students are successful in the same disciplines as non-transfer students. Some, but not all, students experience a significant GPA shock upon transfer.

ER-003 Epicenter: Creating a Nation of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Engineers

Stanford University , Thomas Byers, Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Sheri D. Sheppard

Highlight: We can unleash the entrepreneurial potential of young engineers by inspiring them to envision possibilities and create innovative products, services, and processes for lasting economic and societal contributions.

FD - Faculty Development & Networking

FD-001 Idaho Science Talent Expansion Program 2013: Increasing Student Success Through Student Support, Improved Instruction

Boise State University , Janet Callahan

Highlight: Improving Mathematics Instruction in STEM; Building student cohorts to increase connection and engagement with major

FD-002 STEP Central: A Community of Practice for Increasing STEM Graduates

University of Oregon , Daniel Udovic

Highlight: Two Questions -- (1) How can engaging in the STEP Community help improve your project? (2) How can the STEP Central Project help make that happen?

LC - Learning Communities and Cohort-Building

LC-001 A community building approach in support of STEM retention efforts

University of Louisville , Jafar Hadizadeh

Highlight: Community building activities help early career students develop their STEM identity by building connection with others in their department/major

LC-003 Community for Achievement in Science, Academics, and Research – CASAR Project

St. Edward's University , Richard Kopec

Highlight: Summer programming builds community among first year students

LC-005 Increasing Numbers and Connections in Science and Engineering

West Texas A & M University , Pamela Lockwood

Highlight: Creating a community of support for STEM students from high school to community college through 4 year institution increases numbers and retention.

LC-006 Merit-Based Immersion for Students and Teachers

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , Steven C. Zimmerman

Highlight: Undeclared students who participate in the Merit Program at the U of I are more likely to graduate with a STEM degree.

LC-007 PROMISE Scholars Progam

Northern Illinois University , Denise R. Hayman, PhD; Earl Seaver, PhD; Mansour Tahernezhadi, PhD

Highlight: Learning Communities and Cohort Building for STEM Students Campus-wide.

LC-008 Positive Dose Response Effects for Students Participating in STEM Structured Learning Communities

SUNY at Albany , Rabi Musah

Highlight: Student participation in structured learning communities has a quantifiable positive effect on student grades and retention in gateway science courses.

LC-009 Q-STEP: Community of Quantitative Scientists

Rutgers University - Camden , Robert C. Evans

Highlight: Students and faculty from a largely commuter campus form a scholarly community and foster institutiional change

LC-010 Ready, Set, Transfer! - Seattle Community Colleges

Seattle Central Community College , Rockhill, Wendy; Hickox, Chad; Lortz, Peter; Poux, Dan

Highlight: We are meeting and exceeding many of our project targets: students are persisting and transferring at nearly double non-participants.

LC-011 Recruitment and Retention of Biology Majors

University of Northern Colorado , Gardiner, C.S.

Highlight: Activities that promoted increase in enrollment and graduation of biology majors (total and underrepresented groups)

LC-012 S3: STEPping up STEM at SSU

Sonoma State University , Lynn Stauffer

Highlight: Establishing successful innovative programs to attract and retain STEM majors

LC-013 STEAM five years later

CUNY College of Staten Island , Carlo Lancellotti

Highlight: Success requires a sinergistic combination of interventions to support potential STEM students

LC-014 STEP 1B: WA MESA-MCCP Community College Model

University of Washington-Seattle Campus , Guajardo, Veronica; Dorsey, James(PI); Casale, Lucy; Jones, Erik

LC-015 STEP Program TAMUCC

Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi , Jose H. Giraldo

Highlight: Learning communities and a different paradigm in math classes may have a significant effect on retention and graduation of STEM students

LC-016 STEPing Up Engagement in the Physical and Quantitative Sciences at Virginia Tech

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , Debbie Wilson

Highlight: Community building in the physical and quantitative sciences is proving to be an effective retention strategy.

LC-017 Science, Technology and Energy: Expanding Potential

Cabrillo College , Susan Tappero

Highlight: Three factors that support and retain students beginning their studies in STEM fields are confidence and success in mathematics; practical, hands-on experience applying scientific principles; gratification knowing that their work can go beyond themselves and truly help others.

LC-018 The Successful Engineering Education and Development Support (SEEDS) Program

University of Maryland - College Park , Paige Smith

Highlight: Living and learning communities increase engineering student retention.

LC-019 Tools for Success

Miami-Dade College - Wolfson Campus , Guillermina Damas

PI - Peer Mentors in Supplemental Instruction (e.g., PLTL)

PI-001 Collaborative Learning Program: Peer-led interdisciplinary training of STEM Students

Saint Vincent College , Mandy M. Raab

Highlight: The Collaborative Learning Program is improving retention rates for STEM students by providing supplemental instruction in a peer-led and interdisciplinary teaching environment.

PI-002 Fostering Opportunities for Tomorrow’s Engineers (FORTE)

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee , John Reisel

Highlight: PLTL programs are being shown to work in Calculus-level classes, but may not be as effective at lower levels.

PI-003 Project FORCE: Focus on Occupations, Recruiting, Community, and Engagement

Northern Kentucky University , Bethany V. Bowling

Highlight: Building a STEM community with academic and social footholds has far-reaching impact in part due to the development and empowerment of student leaders across the STEM disciplines.

PI-004 Project PASS: Peer Assisted Student Success

California State University - Sacramento , Lynn Tashiro

Highlight: Peer Assisted Learning and Advising improves pass rates in STEM gateway courses

PI-005 Science Talent Expansion Program in Urban Polynesia (STEP-UP)

Kapiolani Community College , Louise Pagotto

Highlight: Mentorship and URE have been key best practices in our STEP program.

PS - Project Sustainability/Institutionalization

PS-001 SEEC: STEM Student Enrollment and Engagement Through Connections

Iowa State University , Diane Rover

Highlight: Utilizing STEM research and data to create a culture of evidence

PS-002 STEPS at CSUN: Increasing Retention of Engineering and Physical Science Majors

California State University - Northridge , Vicki Pedone

Highlight: Institutional changes to improving success in lower-division math are working

PS-003 University of Texas at Arlington Undergraduate Research-Based Achievement for STEM Collaboration

University of Texas at Arlington , Lynn Peterson

Highlight: Success rates in high-loss chemistry & math courses are markedly improved using structured seminars

WM - Recruiting, Retaining Women and Minorities

WM-002 Central Washington University Science Talent Expansion Program: Recruiting and Retaining the Next Generation of STEM Professionals

Central Washington University , Wendy Bohrson

Highlight: Effective and targeted recruiting of underrepresented student populations in central Washington State are continuing through a partnership with CWU Admissions. CWU STEP courses have been institutionalized and are a model for introductory courses in other disciplines. Plans are underway to institutionalize the recruiting, administration, and new curriculum components.

WM-005 Enhancing The Recruitment Of Underrepresented Undergraduates At The University Of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus , Anant Kukreti

Highlight: Retention for Success

WM-006 Lamar University Students Advancing through Involvement in Research Student Talent Expansion Program (STAIRSTEP)

Lamar University , Peggy Doerschuk

Highlight: Attracting, retaining, transitioning STEM students one STEP at the time

WM-007 Opportunities for Talent Expansion in Interdisciplinary Education for Minorities and Women in Undergraduate Mathematics and Science- OpTIMUM

Fayetteville State University , Erin N. White, Ph.D.

Highlight: OpTIMUM has improved student access to and utilization of support programs enriching student retention and enrollment in STEM disciplines.

WM-008 RU STEPed Up for Success: Retaining Women and Minorities in STEM

Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway , Kathleen Scott

Highlight: First year learning communities designed to support at-risk students based on mathematics placements also have a positive impact on women and underrepresented minority students, as measured by the rates at which women and minority students declare STEM majors.

WM-009 STEM Mentor Program: Enhancing Students' STEM Experience & Academic Success

East Los Angeles College , Armando M. Rivera-Figueroa

Highlight: Mentor Program increases retention rate and to create a STEM culture on campus.

WM-010 STEP Forward: STEM Talent Expansion Program for Women and Under Represented Group Recruitment and Retention Development at the University of Houston

University of Houston , Stuart A. Long

Highlight: Multiple programs are in place for recruiting and retaining women in engineering.

WM-011 TOPS: A Structural Framework for Student Success in STEM

Towson University , Jane Wolfson

Highlight: Over five years, various strategies have proven successful at retaining students who are traditionally under-represented in STEM.

WM-012 The Privilege of Student, Experiential Learning, Engineering Competition Teams (SELECT)

University of Oklahoma , Susan E. Walden

Highlight: The cultures of SELECT loudly contradict verbal messages of opportunity and inclusion in undergraduate engineering education, in part due to their autonomous nature as student-led organizations.

MC - Miscellaneous

MC-001 Central Indiana - STEM Talent Expansion Program (CI-STEP)

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis , Jeffrey Watt

Highlight: CI-STEP at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is creating a pipeline to increase the number of students from the greater Indianapolis region obtaining STEM degrees. The goals are to increase the numbers of students who: 1) Pursue STEM academic and career pathways; 2) Participate in STEM research, industry internships, and honors activities; 3) Graduate with an undergraduate degree in STEM fields; and 4) Transition into industry, graduate and professional programs.

MC-002 Effective Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration to Enhance Success in Engineering and Applied Sciences

Western Michigan University , Edmund Tsang

Highlight: Collaboration Enhances Success

MC-003 Enhancing STEM Education in NW Indiana: Year 2 Update of the MSEED Program

Valparaiso University , Gary A. Morris

Highlight: recruiting, training and supporting future math and science high school teachers

MC-005 Mathematics achievement as a STEP for student success

Cleveland State University , Debbie Jackson

MC-006 Phase II of Networking STEPs in Texas: Use of Data

Texas A & M Engineering Experiment Station , Margaret Hobson

MC-007 Relationships in Science Education (RiSE)

Edmonds Community College , Deann Leoni

Highlight: Community Colleges are crucial to addressing the projected shortage of STEM professionals and technicians. The RiSE project aims to increase the number and diversity of STEM majors, graduates, and transfers through student support, outreach and recruitment, and curricular modifications.

MC-008 STEM Talent Expansion through Research, Engagement, Preparation and Scholarships (STEREPS)

University of Mary Washington , Slunt, Kelli

Highlight: Initial progress on year 2 of the grant.