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In this talk, I give an overview of what we at Truman are trying to accomplish through our NSF PRISM program.

In this talk, I give an overview of what we at Truman are trying to accomplish through our NSF PRISM program.

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A First Report on the NSF PRISM Project at Truman State University A First Report on the NSF PRISM Project at Truman State University Presentation Transcript

  • A First Report on the NSF PRISM Project at Truman State University Jason Miller, Ph.D. Department of Mathematics millerj@truman.edu with Dr. Barbara Kramer (Chemistry) and Dr. Timothy Walston (Biology) JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 1
  • Purpose • Give the mathematical (and online) communicate a sense of what we are doing • Share ups and downs of a reproducible program • Motivate others to follow us and help develop best practices in STEM talent expansion (in which mathematics plays a central role) JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 2
  • Plan • The NSF Program • New courses • Our Program • Some data • Other results JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 3
  • Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Knocking at the College Door:Projections of High School Graduates by State and Race/Ethnicity 1992-2022. March 2008. http://bit.ly/gVdM8W JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 4
  • PRISM - Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics “The goal of the program in Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics is to strengthen the nations scientific competitiveness by increasing the numbers of well-prepared, successful U.S. undergraduate majors and minors in science and mathematics. The program will ... widen the cross section of the mathematical sciences to which freshman and sophomore students are exposed and that provide these students increased opportunities for research experiences involving the mathematical sciences.” JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 5
  • PRISM - Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics “The goal of the program in Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics is to strengthen the nations scientific competitiveness by increasing the numbers of well-prepared, successful U.S. undergraduate majors and minors in science and mathematics. The program will ... widen the cross section of the mathematical sciences to which freshman and sophomore students are exposed and that provide these students increased opportunities for research experiences involving the mathematical sciences.” JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 6
  • PRISM - Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics “The goal of the program in Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics is to strengthen the nations scientific competitiveness by increasing the numbers of well-prepared, successful U.S. undergraduate majors and minors in science and mathematics. The program will ... widen the cross section of the mathematical sciences to which freshman and sophomore students are exposed and that provide these students increased opportunities for research experiences involving the mathematical sciences.” JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 7
  • PRISM - Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics “The goal of the program in Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics is to strengthen the nations scientific competitiveness by increasing the numbers of well-prepared, successful U.S. undergraduate majors and minors in science and mathematics. The program will ... widen the cross section of the mathematical sciences to which freshman and sophomore students are exposed and that provide these students increased opportunities for research experiences involving the mathematical sciences.” SPECTRA - Students Prepared, Enriched, and Challenged through Research-based Activities JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 8
  • Truman JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 9
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  • Our Program • An experiment in broadening participation in STEM (with mathematics as a theme) • Three primary parts 1. retaining high-risk students (summer prep) 2. recruiting high-ability students (courses, $$) 3. attracting and retaining community college students (advice, $$) JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 12
  • Courses • Integrative Freshman Seminar (IDSM 140)equired ofhAoYlars • first term, first-year R PECT RA S c • S presents the STEM disciplines as interrelated, socially relevant, exciting • Inquiry Seminar (IDSM 130/131) of AY s uired cholar Req A S • second term, first-year SPECTR • prepares students to undertake independent, faulty-mentored research • writing enhanced (graduation requirement) JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 13
  • Courses • Calculus and Mathematical Methods for the Life Sciences (MATH 288) • alternative to ‘Calc I’ mathematics course for life science students • satisfies ‘Calculus’ graduation requirement/ option • present more than ‘Calc I’ concepts and techniques (partial derivatives, basic ODEs, basic statistics, data analysis, matrix methods) • anticipate a follow-on course for Chemistry JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 14
  • Courses • Analytical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (spring 2012) • an integrative (biol+chem) course • alternative to Analytical Chemistry for chem majors • will assist biology majors earning chemistry minor JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 15
  • Our Program Ability in STEM Enthusiasm for STEM Low High STEM major? Low recruitment potential not AY Scholars declared high-risk of traditional High leaving STEM declared pool Summer Scholars ACT MT <25 >30 JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 16
  • Logistics • used Admissions database of accepted students for pool • advertised at monthly campus recruitment Saturdays • FileMaker database + SeedCode email management plug-in (http://www.seedcode.com/) • 3-4 applicants for each position (each program) JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 17
  • Summer Scholars • 19+ students, residential summer college courses; intro to being a college student • Summer 2010: intro to Chemistry (CHEM 129, no lab), College Composition (ENG 190) • plan: set loose in the Fall AY Scholars • 6-7 students, 2-year scholarship (~$2k/year) • must take major-level STEM course each semester • must take new seminars • second year: faculty-mentored research experience Assessment •Learning And Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) •Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 18
  • Attitude JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 19
  • Concentration JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 20
  • Information Processing JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 21
  • Selecting Main Ideas JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 22
  • Study Aid JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 23
  • Time Management JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 24
  • Motivation JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 25
  • Anxiety JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 26
  • Test Strategies JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 27
  • Self Testing JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 28
  • Change in Scores - Integrative Fr. Seminar Students ANX - Anxiety ATT - Attitude CON - Concentration INP - Information Processing MOT - Motivation SFT - Self-Testing SMI - Selecting Main Ideas STA - Study Aid TMT - Time Management TST - Test Strategies JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 29
  • Results So Far • We’re making a big difference in Summer Scholars’ lives, though they are struggling academically (mean GPA = 2.4, sd=0.9) • There is demand for our new courses beyond program participants • Strategy shift: more support for Summer Scholars (invasive advising, study skills prep) • Finding research mentors has been a challenge, so may try a ‘makers’ model - building tools with Arduino processors JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 30
  • http://spectra.truman.edu This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF PRISM #0928013. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 31
  • Community College Students • Over half of all college students start their studies at a 2- year school • The predominant transfer degree is the Associates of Arts; coursework drawn heavily from the humanities • Transfer students in STEM are ‘behind’ their peers when they arrive at 4-year schools (greater time-to-degree) • Few community colleges track their students into majors; limits their ability to deliver STEM-specific academic advising • Community College students tend to be career-oriented but lack information about careers that are available to those with a baccalaureate degree in STEM Pre-STEM Pathways Program - provide information, advice to students at community colleges. JMM New Orleans 9 January 2011Sunday, January 9, 2011 32