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SUCCESS: Stimulating Undergraduates: Creating Contributors in Engineering & Science for Society
The National Science Foundation
Division of Undergraduate Education, Scholarship in STEM Program
Award Amount: $614,749 | Effective Dates: 03/01/2014 – 02/28/2019 | Award ID: DUE-1356398
Project Personnel: Principal Investigator Joanne Kehlbeck (Chemistry); co-PIs Samuel Amanuel (Physics & Astronomy), Palmyra Catravas (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Rebecca Cortez (Mechanical Engineering), Scott Kirkton (Biology); Sr. Personnel George Bizer (Psychology)
Project Summary: The SUCCESS Scholars program is further broadening Union’s inclusive recruiting strategy by building relationships with small, rural under-resourced public high schools in order to attract and retain talented students to STEM fields. SUCCESS scholars are selected from all science and engineering disciplines, with four-year scholarship support for two cohorts of ten students. The project is helping participants achieve success by meeting the educational and financial needs unique to their situations and backgrounds. The overall goals of the project are to: 1) increase the number of applications and admissions of academically-talented students from under-resourced rural high schools; 2) improve retention and success of these students in STEM fields at Union by specifically addressing the challenges faced by students from small, rural high schools with limited academic opportunities; 3) increase the number of women in engineering, physics, mathematics and computer science, and underrepresented groups in all disciplines; 4) provide students with opportunities to enhance their education through early introduction to research opportunities, internships, study abroad, and leadership training; and 5) improve recruiting and undergraduate educational experiences and promote professional advancement by facilitating fruitful mentoring relationships. Intellectual merits of the project are reflected in the comprehensive nature of the program specifically targeting under-resourced rural high schools. Broader impacts are two-fold: (1) The SUCCESS Scholars program is designed to produce talented, energetic STEM professionals from diverse backgrounds and the approach will be transferable to educational institutions across the country. (2) SUCCESS scholars trained as leaders and capable of propagating transformative mentoring skills will positively impact this nation’s workforce.