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Barriers to Broadening Participation in Engineering Competition Teams

Abstract Despite years of efforts to increase diversity in STEM, engineering continues to be a white male dominated discipline. This low representation of female and minority students is especially visible in student, experiential-learning, engineering competition teams (SELECT). SELECT provide some … Continue reading

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Advisor Perspectives on Diversity in Student Design Competition Teams

Abstract Engineering competition teams provide some students the opportunity to design authentic engineering artifacts, manage budgets and logistics, exercise engineering analysis and decision making, build an engineering artifact and develop and practice professional skills. In a research study examining the … Continue reading

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What Behaviors and Characteristics do Engineering Student Competition Team Members Associate with Leadership?

Abstract Engineering student competition teams (ECT) are promoted as incubators for the development of leadership, 1, 2 yet we know little about how leadership actually develops within these teams. A case study of two teams at a public university in … Continue reading

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Leadership, Management, and Diversity: Missed Opportunities within Student Design Competition Teams

Abstract Engineering competition teams provide some students the opportunity to design authentic engineering artifacts, manage budgets and logistics, exercise engineering analysis and decision making, build an engineering artifact and develop and practice professional skills. In a research study examining the … Continue reading

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Inclusion or Exclusion? The Impact of the Intersection of Team Culture and Student Identity and Pathway on Team Diversity

Abstract Student, Experiential-Learning, Engineering Competition Teams (SELECT) provide an opportunity for engineering students to practice technical and professional engineering skills. Tremendous academic and financial resources are dedicated to SELECT teams, both from institutions of higher education and from companies that … Continue reading

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Motivating Factors for Choosing Engineering as Reported by Racial and Ethnic Minority Students.

Abstract We examined the pre-college factors that motivated racial and ethnic minority students to pursue a major in engineering and how these factors related to personal or professional goals. A set of over 150 semi-structured interviews with African American, Asian … Continue reading

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Building Diversity in Engineering Competition Teams by Modeling Industry Best-Practices

Abstract Each year, thousands of students compete in student, experiential-learning, engineering competition teams (SELECT) to practice and improve their engineering skills. SELECT attract tremendous resources from both industry and academia. Despite considerable efforts over the past decades to recruit and … Continue reading

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Unseen Differences

Available from: ASEE Archive Trytten, D. A., C. E. Foor, T. J. Murphy, R. L. Shehab, S. E. Walden and R. Pan (2014). Unseen Differences. ASEE Prism. Washington, D.C., American Society for Engineering Education. 24: 42.

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Minority Student Informed Retention Strategies

Abstract Diversifying engineering programs is a major goal for almost all universities because expanding the diversity of students will broaden and enrich the knowledge and experience associated with the science, technology, engineering and mathematics community. This study looked to explore … Continue reading

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“You choose between TEAM A, good grades, and a girlfriend – you get to choose two!” – How a culture of exclusion is constructed and maintained in an engineering design competition team

Abstract Engineering student design-build competition teams provide an opportunity for engineering students to practice engineering technical and professional skills. However, as the student quoted in the title states, the opportunity has conditions attached to inclusion and acceptance. Using a case … Continue reading

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‘We Weren’t Intentionally Excluding Them…Just Old Habits’: Women (Lack of) Interest and an Engineering Student Competition Team

Abstract Student, experiential-learning, engineering, competition teams (SELECT) provide an opportunity for engineering students to practice engineering technical and professional skills. The low representation of women in SELECT is often rationalized as a lack of interest by individual women rather than … Continue reading

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‘Asians are good at math. What an awful stereotype:’ The Model Minority Stereotype’s Impact on Asian and Asian American Engineering Students

Abstract Background The Model Minority Stereotype (MMS) describes Asians and Asian Americans (As/AsAm) as the epitome of assimilation into U.S. society using hard work, intelligence, high educational attainment, and economic success to overcome the challenges of discrimination and recent immigration. … Continue reading

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“Do They Even Have That Anymore”: The Impact of Redesigning a Minority Engineering Program

Abstract Academic areas such as science, mathematics, and engineering have been pressed to supply our technological society’s ever increasing demand for an educated and skilled workforce. Attempting to broaden participation, minority and multicultural engineering programs (MEPs) operate within institutional climates … Continue reading

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Grabbing from my Racial Toolkit: Ethnic-Racial Socialization Between and Among African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic American, and Native American Students.

Abstract Racial socialization refers to the ways people are equipped to negotiate within a racially and ethnically based society. Very little is discussed in the literature about intersections between and among Native American, Hispanic, Asian American, and African American undergraduate … Continue reading

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“Success is Different to Different People”: A Qualitative Study of how African American Engineering Students Define Success

Abstract There have been many calls to build the Nation’s STEM workforce by attracting and educating more students in academic STEM programs.1-4 Much of the emphasis has been placed on building more diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) … Continue reading

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Using qualitative data to bring positive culture into engineering programs

Abstract The Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE) examines success in engineering from the perspective of achieving equity of outcome. Equity ensures that opportunities and formal and informal knowledge are available to all students for participation and success in engineering … Continue reading

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What They Say Matters: Parental Impact on Pre-College Academic Identity of Successful African American Engineering Students

Abstract Prevailing disidentification literature confirms that African American students academically disidentify via a weakened connection between academic achievement and global self-esteem.1-5 Research on achievement provides insight as to the people and factors that may influence the academic achievement of African … Continue reading

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The Role of Pre-Collegiate Heuristic Knowledge: Expanding the Local Model of Minority Student Success

Abstract To make money, one must first have money. Similarly, to acquire knowledge, one must first know how to play the game of knowledge acquisition. The Local Model of Minority Student Success (LMMSS) introduced by Padilla, Trevino, Gonzalez and Trevino … Continue reading

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Factors Affecting the Successful Completion of an Industrial Engineering Program by Five Students from Rural Communities

Abstract Although many programs that seek to increase the diversity of engineering have chosen to focus on sex and race/ethnicity, U.S. engineering students tend to be homogeneous in other dimensions too. We are currently examining differences in experiences for successful … Continue reading

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Where Successful Latino/a Engineering Undergraduates find Community at a Predominately White Research University

Abstract The Research Institute for STEM Education conducts mixed-methods research seeking to identify the factors contributing to successful completion of an engineering degree by under-represented and under-served minority students at a predominately white, research institution. STEM stands for science, technology, … Continue reading

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Racial Inequality Exists in Spite of Over-Representation: The Case of Asian-American Students in Engineering Education

Abstract While Asian American students are not under-represented in engineering, they are still members of a minority population. In the last three years we interviewed 165 engineering students in a large scale research project that identifies factors leading to differential … Continue reading

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‘Imaginary engineering’ or ‘re-imagined engineering’: Negotiating Gendered Positions in the Borderland of a College of Engineering

Abstract Explanations for women’s continued underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have popularly employed a “leaky pipeline” metaphor. Recently, however, some have found the pipeline metaphor lacking in explanatory power for dealing with subtle, yet pervasive barriers embedded … Continue reading

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‘I Feel Like Forest Gump:’ Mixed-Race Native American Students Find Community in a College of Engineering

Abstract Defining, achieving and retaining diversity in undergraduate education continues to be an important focus of research, policy and programmatic efforts in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community.1-8 The Research Institute for STEM Education contributes to this discourse … Continue reading

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‘What’s to keep you from dropping out?’ — Student Immigration into and within Engineering

Abstract Nearly one-half of the industrial engineering undergraduate interviewees in an investigation of their degree program indicated they previously had been enrolled in another major. Understanding why these students chose to remain in or enter a science, technology, engineering and … Continue reading

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Is Transfer Credit a Strategy for Success or a Prescription for Failure?

Abstract Identifying the factors contributing to successful completion of an engineering degree at a predominately white, research institution by under-represented and under-served minority students is one goal of the {name deleted for anonymity}. Additionally, we seek to differentiate the strategies … Continue reading

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