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Improving Undergraduate Engineering Education Through Student-Centered, Active and Cooperative Learning



As technology increasingly impacts the nation’s economy and security, high demands have been set for engineering schools to graduate an ever greater number of quality students optimally educated to meet business and industry needs. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The project aims to provide S-STEM scholarship support for academically-talented, financially-needy engineering students and train these students to become effective scientific and technological contributors when entering the engineering workforce.

The project targets students in two departments in the College of Engineering at Utah State University: the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). The specific objectives of this project are:

  1. increase the retention of pre-professional students in MAE and CEE
  2. increase the retention of students to BS degree achievement in MAE and CEE
  3. expand opportunities that lead to increasing the number of students who continue studies beyond the BS
  4. improve student support programs through enhanced advising, tutoring, and mentoring
  5. increase the number of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of national need, particularly in mechanical, aerospace, civil, and environmental engineering

Through a competitive selection process, each S-STEM Scholar will receive up to four years of scholarships with the annual support up to $5,000. The application for annual scholarship renewal is subject to the approval of the S-STEM Scholarship Selection Committee. During the scholarship period, S-STEM Scholars are encouraged to get involved in a series of student-centered, active and cooperative learning activities such as problem-based learning, project-based learning, supplemental instruction, undergraduate research experiences, and internships and co-ops.

Amount of Funding: $624,642
Project duration: 2015-2020
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