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1 Undergraduate Models for Creating and Sustaining Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Professor Isiah M. Warner Department of Chemistry Office of Strategic Initiatives Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana AAAS/NACME, January 15, 2008

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3 2006 Summer Bridge Students HHMI and LA-STEM

4 In HHMI and LA-STEM, we provide a supportive, motivating, diverse, learning community for students which promotes academic success through a three-pronged approach: Mentoring EducationResearch ACADEMIC SUCCESS

5 Mentors function in four primary roles: 1.Teacher imparting knowledge or skill to the mentee by example or experience 2.Counselor exchanging opinions and ideas with the mentee to reach a decision or deliberate plan of action 3.Intervener influencing the mentees attitudes and behaviors 4.Sponsor assuming responsibility for assisting the mentee in gaining greater academic success Mentoring

6 What all students need to be successful: Refined problem-solving skills Time management and organization Enhanced interdisciplinary learning Ability to make connections between coursework and real-world experiences Metacognitive abilities (learning how you learn best and monitoring your own learning) Writing skills (yes, even for STEM majors) Education

7 SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday 17 Week 1 AUGUST 18 Orientation 19 Orientation 20 Orientation 21 Orientation Week 2 25 Classes Begin 26 Getting On Course to your Success 2728 Accepting Responsibility & Time Mgmt: Schedules Week 3 1 SEPTEMBE R Labor Day Holiday 2 Goal Setting & Self Motivation 34 Self Motivation 56 7 Week 4 89 Notetaking & Mentoring 1011 Study Strategies I Week Preferred Learning Styles 1718 Self Discipline & Interdependen ce Career Fair Week Grad Student Research Presentation & Grad School Application Overview 2425 Self Awareness: Are You Off Course? Week Mentor & Review of Midterm Study Schedule 1 OCTOBER 2 Fall Holiday 3 Fall Holiday GAELA 4 Conference 5 Week Tulane 6 Classes resume 7 Study Strategies II 89 Is 24 Hours Enough? Week 9 13 MIDTERMS 14 MIDTERMS 15 MIDTERMS 16 MIDTERMS 17 MIDTERMS 18 MIDTERMS

8 Our Research students (mentors) receive extensive preparation for research during their first semester in program or before (summer bridge) work in a research lab by their second semester in program have a research mentor to offer guidance and support have the opportunity to participate in summer research programs all over the country Research

9 Success through collaboration LA-STEM Research Scholars Program HHMI Professors Program jk LA-STEM students who lose eligibility for the program because of the GPA requirement can transfer to HHMI HHMI students whose GPAs qualify them for LA-STEM can transfer from one program to the other 2.5 to 3.0 > 3.5

10 2002 HHMI Cohort Academic Outcomes Cumulative GPA is consistently higher

11 2002 HHMI Cohort Academic Outcomes - Retention in STEM

12 Student Reactions… HHMI Professors Program When I first came into the program I was not sure what I was getting myself into. When I applied for the scholarship I thought it would be just another … scholarship. However, after the summer passed I expected that this program would help me excel in college and be prepared for graduate school. I believe that the HHMI program is well on its way to helping me achieve these goals. I feel the most important thing I have learned from this program is the dedication required to succeed in college. I believe the HHMI program has helped me succeed at LSU when I was not feeling my most motivated. The work in the course for the program is very different from any course here at LSU. Everything YOU do is to help YOU (even if you do not realize it at the moment). In a letter to new students, an Undergraduate Mentor wrote: You will learn the importance of study groups, collaboration and helping others help themselves, i.e. you will learn how to become an effective mentor.

13 LA-STEM COHORTS Vs. LA-STEM LA-STEM Cohorts LA-STEM number65825 HS GPA ACT st Year GPA Senior College 50.9%88.0%

14 OVERALL LA-STEM Vs. LA-STEM URM LA-STEM number 25 8 HS GPA ACT st Year GPA Senior College 88.0%75.0%

15 2006 HIGHLIGHTS STUDENTSAWARDS LA-STEM Student (MD/PhD) University Medalist HHMI Student (PhD) Most Outstanding Mathematics Major HHMI/LA-STEM Student (PhD) Most Outstanding Chemistry Researcher HHMI/LA-STEM Student Gilliam Fellow (PhD) Four LA-STEM Students 4/5 Goldwater nominees 1 Goldwater/1HonMen/1 Udall Twelve Students (Summer REU) MIT (4); Wisconsin (7); Rice (1);

16 2006 Summer Research Students HHMI and LA-STEM

17 LA-STEM/ HHMI Scholars/Mentors Programs

18 The LA-STEM Research Scholars Program is funded by the National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, and Louisiana State University. Howard Hughes Professors Program Supported by Howard Hughes Medical Institute LA-STEM Research Scholars Program

19 1.Richard Evans, PhD, Mildred Smalley, PhD, Don Prier, PhD, The Beginning Years to PhD Degrees:

20 The Recent Years

21 CHEM Success Factors Mentoring and Support Proximity of HBCU's Critical Mass Self-Sustained Recruiting Employability

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