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Ohio Sustainable Science and Engineering Talent Expansion Program

The OSTEP program builds bridges to success in STEM disciplines in three distinct socio-economic regions of the State of Ohio. Three community colleges (Columbus State Community College, Stark State College, and Washington State Community College) are partnered with the state’s land-grant comprehensive research university, Ohio State University, to recruit and serve a wider population of potential STEM majors.

All STEM disciplines are represented to ensure an increase in new STEM majors as opposed to redistribution among the disciplines. Centered around effective summer bridge programs with curricular and industrial or research internship components, the program will house pre-college initiatives to introduce students to career options and funnel them into STEM programs at the college and university level.

Finally, peer-mentoring and academic support structures will be housed at multiple points within the colleges and university to maintain continuous support through to graduation.

Lead Author

  • David Tomasko

Institution Information

  • Name: Ohio State University
  • State: OH

Poster Information

  • ID: BP-010
  • Disciplinary Focus: All STEM
  • Award Number: 0756986
  • Project Year 5+