Case Study- Working with Underrepresented STEM Undergraduates: Significantly Improving Retention, Persistence, and Graduation Rates

Science & Innovation
Malcolm J. D’Souza, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Wesley College

Through NSF EPSCoR, Wesley College strengthened its academic environment by developing a four-year progressive core curriculum with curricular materials that engage all students in STEM undergraduate research. This session will use this program as a case study to share ideas for development of interdisciplinary STEM undergraduate research curricula. Specific content will include discussion of the efficacy and impact of comprehensive intervention programs and activities such as first year seminars, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, undergraduate research, and extensive peer and faculty mentoring.