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NSF STEP Northeastern University

Lasting Impacts of STEP

The Northeastern University Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program- University Partnership (STEP-UP) is a collaborative effort between: Northeastern University, and three Community Colleges: Mass Bay Community College, Middlesex Community College and Northern Essex Community College.

Using research as the catalyst for engagement, Northeastern University’s STEP-UP has:

1.Supported the development of a dynamic STEM partnership between Northeastern University and partner Community Colleges by leveraging collaboration with our partner research centers.

  1. Created a Partner Faculty Network (PFN) with representatives from all stakeholders.

  2. Provided Community College faculty the opportunity to immerse themselves in the research environment of Northeastern through: Seminars;Cross-Institutional visits;Participation in the Research Experiences for Teachers Program.

  3. Provided community college students access to research through expansion of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, in addition to supporting research opportunities at local institutions and abroad.

  4. Replicated the Summer Bridge Program at Community Colleges.

  5. Identified promising practices and provided professional development opportunities for all partners.

Supporting Professional Development

“How People Learn” seminars were held beginning in 2007-2011. Over 100 faculty have participated in the sessions led by Northeastern University.

Faculty mini-grants to implement teaching and learning strategies from Professional Development workshops

Lead Author

  • Claire Duggan

Institution Information

  • Name: Northeastern University
  • State: MA

Poster Information

  • ID: TF-008
  • Disciplinary Focus: All STEM
  • Award Number: 0653090
  • Project Year 5+