ESTEEMEnhanced Support, Training and Experiences for Engineering Majors Professor Susannah Scott Chemical Engineering, UC Santa Barbara ESTEEM Program Director
NSF S-STEM Program Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics The program emphasizes recruiting students to science and engineering disciplines, mentoring and supporting them through degree completion, and partnering with employers to facilitate student career placement in the STEM workforce. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate both academic talentand ﬁnancial need. They must be US citizens or permanentresidents.
S-STEM Parameters • $600,000 in federal funds, disbursed over 5 years • ≥ 85% of funds must go directly to students as scholarships • individual awards valued up to $10,000unmet ﬁnancial need = cost of attendance – expected family contribution
ESTEEM at UCSB, 2012-2017 1. Undergraduate engineering majors at UCSB: - chemical engineering - computer engineering - computer science - electrical engineering - mechanical engineering2. Juniors and seniors, with cumulative GPAs ≥ 3.03. First-generation college students
First-Generation College Students Relative to undergraduate students with college-educated parents, FGC students are more likely to: • be from low-income families • be members of under-represented groups • be less well-prepared academically for college • receive less social support for their college studies from family and friends • experience lower levels of academic integration Choy, S. P. Access and Persistence: Findings from 10 Years of Longitudinal Research on Students. American Council on Education, Center for Policy Analysis.American Council on Education: Washington, D.C. 2002. Darling, R. A.; Smith, M. S. First-Generation College Students: First-Year Challenges. In Academic Advising: New Insights for Teaching and Learning inthe First Year. The First-Year Experience Monograph Series No. 46, Hunter, M. S.; McCalla-Wriggins, B.; White, E. R., Eds. National ResourceCenter for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition: University of South Carolina: Columbia, SC, 2007, pp. 203 – 211. Ishitani, T. T. Studying Attrition and Degree Completion Behavior Among First-Generation College Students in the United States. The Journal of Higher Education,2006, Vol. 77 (5), 861-885. Pascarella, E. T.; Pierson, C. T.; Wolniak, G. C.; Terenzini, P. T. First-generation College Students: Additional Evidence on College Experiences and Outcomes.The Journal of Higher Education, 2004, Vol. 75 (3), 249-284.Riehl, R. J. The Academic Preparation, Aspirations, and First-Year Performance of First-Generation Students. College and University, 1994, Vol. 70 (1), 14-19.
College Persistence Postsecondary attainment and enrollment Kaplan-Meier survival function, in 2000, by generation status by parents’ educational attainmentThe college survival rate is the fraction of students still enrolledafter the specified time period.Ishitani, T. T., “Studying Attrition and Degree Completion U.S. Department of Education, National Center forBehavior Among First-Generation College Students in the Education Statistics, National Education Longitudinal StudyUnited States.” J. Higher Ed., 2006, 77, 861-885. of 1988 (NELS:88/2000), “Fourth Follow-up, Postsecondary Education Transcript Study (PETS), 2000.”
FGC Engineering Students Generation status of students enrolled inpostsecondary education between 1992 and 2000, byundergraduate major percentU.S. Department of Education, National Center for National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators 2012.Education Statistics, National Education Longitudinal Study Arlington VA: National Science Foundation (NSB 12-01).of 1988 (NELS:88/2000), “Fourth Follow-up, PostsecondaryEducation Transcript Study (PETS), 2000.”
Barriers to Participation FGC Engineering students experience • lack of role models • family members unfamiliar with the demands of the engineering curriculum • role conﬂicts created by balancing college, home and work • difﬁculty of engineering coursework • lack of ﬁnancial resourcesFernandez, M. J.; Trenor, J. M.; Zerda, K. S.; Cortes, C. (2008) First Generation College Students in Engineering: A QualitativeInvestigation of Barriers to Academic Plans. 38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, session T4D.
UCSB Engineering Students Pell Grant recipients• represent 26% of ca. 1,000 enrolled Engineering majors at UCSB• nearly half (48%) are under-represented minorities (URM), of which 66% are also FGCFirst-generation college students• represent 28% of Engineering majors, of which more than half (55%) are Pell Grant recipientsFinancial aid eligibility• 45% of our engineering majors qualify, and 27% qualify for ≥ $20,000 in aid• 51% of Engineering URM students, and 56% of FGC students, qualify for ≥ $20,000 in aid *Data from 2010 cohort.
ESTEEM Program Beneﬁts academic tutoring in advanced classwork funding to attend professional meetings networking with engineering professionals assistance with ﬁnding internships opportunities to mentor freshmen engineers grad school/employment applications