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BP - Bridge Programs

“First Year Experience” with Science Partnership for Undergraduate Recruitment, Retention and Success (SPURRS)

Angelo State University , Connie Russell

Highlight: We are transitioning to institutionalizing strategies identified through implementing the grant.

BP-001 Advancing STEM Performance, Innovation, and Retention

Northern New Mexico College , Anthony Sena

BP-003 Bridging the Valley: A STEP Ahead for STEM Majors

James Madison University , Bob Kolvoord

Highlight: STEM Retention figures, Goals/programs, Bridge Program format

BP-005 Early Undergraduate Research Models and Inquiry-based Interventions

Bridgewater State Unversity , Jennifer Mendell

Highlight: Examples of undergrad research and inquiry-based learning in biology and math

BP-006 Ensuring Early Mathematics Success for STEM Majors

Wentworth Institute of Tech , Amanda Hattaway

Highlight: ) Students who participated in the NSF summer bridge program had a slightly higher fall 2013 calculus I pass rate (85%) than those who did not take it (80%) and 2) The percentage of students earning grades of C or higher in the fall 2013 Engineering Calculus I was 90.2% for the students with the NSF-funded fall semester supplemental instruction vs. 79.8% for the students without this intervention.

BP-007 High School STEM Summer Bridge Program to Community College

East Los Angeles College , Armando M. Rivera-Figueroa

Highlight: A well-balanced academic and students service support increase students success (in assessment) and engagement in STEM.

BP-008 Increasing Retention in Engineering and Computer Science With a Focus on Academically At-risk First Year and Sophomore Students

University of Portland , Zulema Naegele

Highlight: Share what strategies and results haave been accomplished since August 2013.

BP-009 Integrating Metacognitive Practices & Research to Ensure Student Success

Rochester Institute of Tech , Hane, Elizabeth

Highlight: The poster describes a three-pronged approach to increasing STEM retention for deaf students and first generation college students using a metacognitive approach

BP-010 Mathematics as a FirstSTEP to Success in STEM

Middle Tennessee State University , Tom Cheatham

Highlight: The combination of a Mathematics Summer Bridge, academic year seminar, and an intense introductory research experience can help students with weak mathematics backgrounds succeed as STEM majors..

BP-011 Retention Through Remediation Enhancing Calculus I Success

Texas A & M University , G. Donald Allen

Highlight: Mini-bridging, a program that commands student attention.

BP-012 STEP to success summer bridge and supplemental instructions program

West Virginia State University , Upali Karunathilake

CI - Course and Curriculum Improvement

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

California State University - Northridge , Vicki A. Pedone

Highlight: institutionalized changes have big impact

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

University of South Florida , Kandethody Ramachandran

Highlight: Project based teaching, tutoring model, and peer leading

CI-002 Cornell University Engineering Success Program

Cornell University , Tyi McCray

Highlight: The addition of a student project transforms a traditional 'drill and demonstrate' course and provides opportunities for students to develop and communicate critical stances.

CI-003 Implementing Studio Physics Pedagogy at Concordia College

Concordia College , Heidi Manning

Highlight: Active-learning focused classrooms improve student learning

CI-004 InTeGrate: Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future

Carleton College , Cathy Manduca

Highlight: InTeGrate is catalyzing a revolution in how geoscience education is perceived and practiced by geoscientists, as well as the roles that the geosciences play in the broader curriculum in institutions of higher education

CI-005 Increasing Enrollment and Retention at UNC Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Charlotte , Peter Tkacik

Highlight: Students are very engaged in motorsports activities

CI-006 Math Success for STEM Majors

Tennessee Technological University , Allan Mills

Highlight: Student pass rates and trajectories indicate that an increased number of students are passing Precalculus and Calculus I to enroll in Calculus II.

CI-007 Research and Instructional Strategies for Engineering Retention - RISER

University of Tennessee , Claudia Rawn

Highlight: Building a community of engineering students in early math classes

CI-008 S3: STEPping Up STEM at Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University , Lynn Stauffer

Highlight: Interdisciplinary STEM curriculum attracts and retains freshmen in STEM majors.

CI-009 STEMWay

Foothill College , Lori Silverman

TF - Two-Year/Four-Year Partnerships

TF-001 A STEP Up for the Life Sciences: A research university/minority-serving college partnership

University of Florida , Jennifer 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-002 Baton Rouge Community College – Louisiana State University: A Partnership for STEM Student Success NSF STEP IB PROJECT

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College , Warren Waggenspack

Highlight: Expanding on the success of the first STEP grant

TF-003 Collaborative Research: Motivated Engineering Transfers – STEM Talent Expansion Program (METSTEP)

Eastern Arizona College , Phil McBride

Highlight: Partnerships between rural community colleges and a university play a large role in motivating students to continue on and complete their bachelor's degree.

TF-004 Collaborative STEP: Bridges to STEM Careers

University of Houston - Clear Lake , Sadegh Davari

Highlight: Building bridges between community colleges, a four year university, and TEM careers

TF-005 Increasing STEM talent through regional partnerships, recruiting, & retention

California State University - San Marcos , Charles De Leone

TF-007 Motivated Engineering Transfers STEM Talent Expansion Program (METSTEP)

Arizona State University , Mary R. Anderson-Rowland

Highlight: 95% graduation rate and 50% go directly to graduate school for upper division transfer students in engr/CS

TF-008 NSF STEP Northeastern University

Northeastern University , Claire Duggan

Highlight: Lasting Impacts of STEP

TF-009 Opening the Portals of Discovery: Increasing Opportunities in STEM Through Collaborative Research

University of Wisconsin Colleges , Rebecca Abler

Highlight: The collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc and the University of Wisconsin-Stout has resulted in the infusion of undergraduate research across institutions and into the community, created opportunities for mentorship, and engaged and retained STEM students.

TF-010 Roosevelt University – Harold Washington College Partnership for STEM Education

Roosevelt University , Kristen Leckrone

Highlight: Multifunctional Approach Leads to Strong Enrollment and Retention Gains

TF-011 SEEC: Student Enrollment and Engagement through Connections

Iowa State University , Diane Rover

Highlight: An effective two-year/four-year partnership leverages the strengths of each institution to create a win-win environment for students, faculty, and staff.

TF-012 STEP 1B: WA MESA-MCCP Community College Model

University of Washington-Seattle Campus , Guajardo, Veronica

Highlight: A community college transfer model for success in URM STEM Degree attainment

TF-013 The Central Texas 2-STEP Project

Tarleton State University , John P. Idoux

Highlight: The Central Texas 2-STEP project, a partnership involving Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University-Central Texas (comprehensive institutions) and Temple College (a community college), is increasing STEM graduation rates through targeted recruitment of three distinct audiences. The first audience is high school juniors and seniors studying in residence at The Texas Bioscience Institute’s (TBI) “Middle College” (a unit of Temple College).

TF-014 The Dallas STEM Gateways Collaborative: An Analysis Of Gateway Course Grade Data As A Predictor Of Transfer Student Timing And Success

University of Texas at Dallas , John Sibert

Highlight: We have found that transfer student success can be tracked to the timing of the student transfer. We have idenitfied "Gateway" transfer classes that are indicators of future student success. In addition, we have implemented a variety of interventions that are targeted at enhancing the probability of student success.

TF-015 The New Mexico STEM Transfer Coalition

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology , Bruce Harrison

Highlight: Research-based courses for student involvement paired with statewide STEM degree articulations as a pathway for URM student success.

TF-016 Urban Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program

Chicago State University , LeRoy Jones, II

Highlight: An intense introductory interdisciplinary summer group research program followed by student-centered yearlong academic enrichment activities attracts and retains students in STEM and ease the community college student participants transition into baccalaureate STEM programs.

UR - Early Undergraduate Research & Internships


Alma College , John Davis

Highlight: early research increases retention and recruitment in STEM students

UR-004 STEPping UP: An Interdisciplinary mentoring Network to Recruit and Retain STEM Majors

Saint Francis University , Joel Bandstra

Highlight: Environment-themed projects can excite broad participation in STEM

UR-006 Summer Research as a Tool for Recruitment and Retention in a 2-year/4-year Partnership: FOCUSS (Four Corners Undergraduate STEM Success)

Fort Lewis College , Kimberly Hannula

Highlight: Students' sense of ownership of a research project contributes to their increased confidence, and can be enhanced by designing the project to give students experience with the entire research approach early on.

UR-007 The Queensborough Bridge STEP Program

CUNY Queensborough Community College , Dr. Paris Svoronos

Highlight: It's never too early to expose 1st year Undergraduate Community College students to research!

UR-008 The Southwest Indiana STEM (SwISTEM) Initiative

University of Southern Indiana , Mark Krahling

Highlight: Student retention and graduation rates improve for students in Early Undergraduate Research Program

UR-009 Undergraduate Engineering Research Participation Helps Motivate Community College Students to Pursue Engineering

Arizona Western College , Rakesh Pangasa

Highlight: Motivating community college students to pursue engineering

ER - Educational Research and Policy

ER-001 Characterizing and Modeling the Experience of Transfer Students in Engineering

Purdue University , Matthew Ohland

Highlight: Parental education makes a big difference in the success of transfer students. There is much institutional variability in the performance of transfer students and some courses present more of a problem than others.

ER-003 The Price of STEM Success: Explaining the Impact of Need-Based Financial Aid on STEM Student Behavior

University of Wisconsin-Madison , Sara Goldrick-Rab

Highlight: Leveraging an extraordinarily uncommon research opportunity, researchers will compare the educational outcomes of 2,000 undergraduates from low- and moderate-income families enrolled in Wisconsin public and private colleges and universities assigned at random to receive additional financial aid.

FD - Faculty Development & Networking

FD-001 ECliPSE: Enhancing the Climate for Persistence and Success in Engineering

Syracuse University , Julie Hasenwinkel

Highlight: This poster is designed to give an overview of our Graduate 10K+ project and highlight the progress made in Year 1.

FD-002 Gateways to Success in Science, Mathematics and Computer Science: Faculty and Student Development Initiatives

Emory University , Drew Kohlhorst

Highlight: The integration of Faculty and Student Development activities provide synergy in improving student retention and success.

FD-003 Idaho Science Talent Expansion Program 2014- Creating a STEM Identity: Investment with Return

Boise State University , Janet Callahan

Highlight: Establishing a sense of STEM community for students, faculty and staff benefited students, helped faculty and staff to realize commonalities and create connections and ultimately led to an increased university-level awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics on this campus.

FD-004 STEP Central Community of Practice

University of Oregon , Tania Siemens

Highlight: can help STEP Grantees improve their practice by providing opportunites for regular interaction.

LC - Learning Communities and Cohort-Building

LC-001 A Tale of Two High-Impact Practices: Comparing Summer Bridge and Living-Learning Community

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , Jill Sible

Highlight: In comparing our summer bridge program to our living-learning community, we have identified the relative strengths of each and realigned resources accordingly.

LC-002 Bridges for SUCCESS

Salisbury University , Karen Olmstead

Highlight: We've grown enrollments and graduation rates in our targeted majors siginficantly over the first four years of our project.


University of Central Florida , Cynthia Young

LC-005 National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter)

Stanford University , Tom Byers

Highlight: Epicenter has created a national community of faculty and students who are working to incorporate entrepreneurship and innovation into undergraduate engineering education.

LC-006 PROMISE Scholars Program

Northern Illinois University , Denise R. Hayman, PhD

Highlight: The Northern Illinois University (NIU) PROMISE (Providing Resources and Opportunities to Maximize Interest in STEM Education) Scholars program is a campus-wide effort to increase the percentages of students who obtain STEM baccalaureate degrees by implementing intervention strategies.

LC-007 Q-STEP: Community of Quantitative Scientists

Rutgers University - Camden , Robert C. Evans

LC-008 RU STEP-Up for Success: Retaining Transfer Students in STEM

Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway , Kathleen Scott

Highlight: Residential learning communities are an effective strategy for improving academic success and retention in STEM among transfer students,

LC-009 STEM Community Scholars Program

Daytona State College , Joseph Mercier

Highlight: The college’s

LC-010 Successful Engineering Education and Development Support (SEEDS) Program: Engineering Living and Learning Communities

University of Maryland - College Park , Paige Smith

Highlight: Living and learning communities impact retention

LC-011 The CASAR Project/St. Edward's University

St. Edward's University , Richard Kopec

Highlight: Pre-college workshop facilitates cohort-building

LC-012 The M-STEM Academies at the University of Michigan

University of Michigan Ann Arbor , Deborah Goldberg

LC-013 MemphiSTEP: A STEM Talent Expansion Program at the University of Memphis

University of Memphis , Stephanie Ivey

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. Networking activities, whereby students interact with fellow students and faculty engaged over 200 students on the U of M campus per project year. They have included social gatherings as well as seminars where students learn about STEM study skills, careers and opportunities for STEM students on campus. Students taking par

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

PI-001 Project FORCE: Focus on Occupations, Recruiting, Community, and Engagement

Northern Kentucky University , Bethany 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-002 5 Year Overview of the Collaborative Learning Program: A peer-led supplemental learning program in the sciences.

Saint Vincent College , Mandy Raab

Highlight: Saint Vincent College's peer-led Collaborative Learning Program has increased recruitment and retention of STEM Majors

PI-003 An Ecosystem for Success in Engineering and Computer Science

The University of Texas - Pan American , Javier A. Kypuros

Highlight: A comprehensive approach to student success that leverages existing resources and aligns pre-college through graduation interventions

PI-004 CASCaded Mentoring and Design Experiences (CASCADE)

Texas A & M University - Kingsville , Dr. Sheryl L. Custer

Highlight: Teaching senior design concepts in at the freshman, sophomore and junior levels

PI-005 Empirical Evidence of Elements that Positively Impact STEM Retention

University of Louisville , Christine Rich

Highlight: There is emerging evidence that training STEM majors to become effective undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs) in introductory STEM courses will improve STEM student retention. Impact factors studied include: academic achievement, persistence, and STEM identity.

PI-006 Fostering Opportunities for Tomorrow's Engineers (FORTE)

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee , John Reisel

Highlight: PLTL groups in math courses have worked well for Calculus-level freshmen students, but have been less consistent for Pre-Calculus-level students.

PI-007 Operation STEM

Cleveland State University , John P. Holcomb, Jr., PhD

Highlight: The NSF STEP grant program at Cleveland State University, Operation STEM, is focused on eliminating the Precalculus & Calculus choke point to enable students to successfully pursue and graduate with a STEM major.

PI-008 Peer Mentoring Using Science Labs

SUNY College at Oswego , Fehmi Damkaci

Highlight: Peer mentoring in introductory science labs is both an effective way to impact many students and a program that is sustainable beyond the grant.

PI-009 Project PASS: Peer Assisted Student Success

California State University - Sacramento , Jennifer Lundmark

Highlight: Peer Assisted Learning Improves pass rates in gateway STEM courses

PS - Project Sustainability/Institutionalization

Recruiting and Retaining the Next Generation of STEM Professionals at CWU

Central Washington University , Andrew Piacsek

Highlight: Academic practices that were developed as part of the STEP grant have made a lasting impact in STEM education at CWU.

PS-001 AURAS: The University of Texas at Arlington Undergraduate Research-based Achievement for STEM Collaboration

University of Texas at Arlington , Lynn Peterson

Highlight: implementation of the recognized best-pra ctice "Emerging Scholars" program in high-loss courses in math & chemistry produces positive outcomes.

PS-002 Building Success: One STEP at a Time

Georgia Perimeter College , Pamela M. Leggett-Robinson

PS-003 Data Mining ePortfolios for Engagement Analytics

University of Notre Dame , Everaldo Aguiar

Highlight: Preliminary results show that ePortfolios can be efficiently used to measure and track student engagement. Models built from student interactions with ePortfolios are accurately able to predict student retention.

PS-004 E3 - An Engineering Education Expansion Project at Ranken Technical College

Ranken Technical College , Barbara Bragg

Highlight: Our NSF STEP grant strengthens existing collaborative efforts between Ranken Technical College, the St. Louis Public School System, and industries in the region to prepare students for the Engineering workforce

PS-006 Three Strategies to Improve STEM Graduation Rates

California State Polytechnical University - Pomona , Winny Dong

PS-007 Utah's Engineers: A Statewide Initiative for Growth

University of Utah , Cynthia Furse

Highlight: Retention data: Transitioning from first to second year engineering courses

WM - Recruiting, Retaining Women and Minorities

WM-001 Enhancing Success in STEM by Building Skills and Intervention

Morehouse College , Dr. Lycurgus Muldrow

Highlight: Scientific Literacy

WM-002 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: The NSF STEP Program at the University of Houston provides a welcoming and engaging community, undergraduate research opportunities, and an experiential learning environment to stimulate student interest and innovation in the early years of their STEM curriculum, which have had a significant effect on retention. The impact of these programs is most important for underrepresented groups, as they have eluded most STEM recruiting efforts in the past.

WM-003 Students Advancing through Involvement in Research Student Talent Expansion Program (STAIRSTEP)

Lamar University , Peggy Doerschuk

Highlight: Inspiring undergraduates through involvement in research and outreach can transform them into a powerful force for recruiting others to STEM.

WM-004 TOPS: Creating a Sense of Community

Towson University , Jane Wolfson

Highlight: Strategies for creating community among STEM Students from underserved and underrepresented communities

MC - Miscellaneous

MC-003 Engaging Early Engineering Students (EEES) at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College

Michigan State University , Claudia E. Vergara

Highlight: 1) The reasons behind improved student outcomes of voluntary SI programs is poorly documented and reports in the literature that substantiate this viewpoint are difficult to locate. Here we discuss the academic outcomes for students who participated in SI vs. those who did not while controlling for several variables. 2) We discuss our efforts to institutionalize the Connector Faculty program at MSU.

MC-004 Enhanced Tutoring Using Walk-Ins

SUNY College at Oswego , Fehmi Damkaci

Highlight: Offering walk-in tutoring in a wide array of introductory math and science courses has provided the flexibility needed by many STEM students so they are better able to utilize tutoring services for their most challenging classes.

MC-005 Final 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 Cohan

Highlight: Math-intensive summer bridge programs at 3 regional campuses achieved our goal of a 10% increase in retention in Engineering.

MC-008 Relationships in Science Education (RiSE)

Edmonds Community College , Deann Leoni

Highlight: The RiSE Project develops relationships and implements strategies to help STEM students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.

MC-009 STEM Talent Expansion through Research, Engagement, Preparation and Scholarship (STEREPS)

University of Mary Washington , Kelli Slunt

Highlight: Successes and challenges of grant program

MC-010 Seattle Community College District Ready! Set! Transfer! Project

Seattle Central Community College , Wendy Rockhill

Highlight: Improving student persistence and preparation for transfer through cohort building, mentoring and connecting with STEM professionals.

MC-011 The GREAT (Graduate-Retain-Engage-Advise-Team Learning) Falcon Project

University of Wisconsin-River Falls , Michael Kahlow

Highlight: Improving retention of STEM majors through active learning, PLTL, and improved advising.

MC-012 The Power of Capacity Building

University of Wisconsin-Platteville , Christina Curras

Highlight: Assisting underrepresented students achieve success in STEM fields does not necessarily mean creating new programs. Capacity building is an effective way to create synergy among existing programs and services.