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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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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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‘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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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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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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‘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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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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Social Science Research in Engineering Education: Lessons Learned

Abstract Although it is possible for engineers to read social science literature and adapt the methods to educational research on their own, this is similar to having an electrical engineer muddle through a chemical engineering problem rather than working with … Continue reading

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Learning the Structure of Retention Data using Bayesian Networks

Abstract We introduce a novel approach to examining retention data by learning Bayesian Networks automatically from survey data administered to minority students in the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Bayesian networks provide a human readable model of … Continue reading

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How to function in and with a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, cross-epistemology research team!

One of the most challenging aspects of the conceptualization and creation of the paper “’I Wish that I Belonged More in this Whole Engineering Group:’ Achieving Individual Diversity,” for all the authors, was negotiating common space and language in which … Continue reading

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‘I wish that I belonged more in this whole engineering group:’ Achieving individual diversity – personal reflection

One of the challenges of this research was to find ways to allow Inez’s voice to be heard without identifying her as our participant. The uniqueness that made Inez worthy of a case study made it difficult to conceal her … Continue reading

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Academic Struggles and Strategies: How Minority Students Persist

Abstract Insufficient progress has been made on advancing the representation of minorities in engineering professions. Our research seeks to identify characteristics and experiences that distinguish successful URM students in order to understand the complex relationships that affect a student’s choices … Continue reading

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Collaborating on a case study: Data analysis

The primary data for this paper was generated from a single interview of a multi-minority female engineering student at a predominantly white, four year institution of higher education. Inez’s particular story was so evocative multiple team members were independently moved … Continue reading

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‘I Wish that I Belonged More in this Whole Engineering Group:’ Achieving Individual Diversity.

Abstract Engineers need a breadth of experience to enrich the gene pool of ideas from which elegant engineering solutions can be drawn, called “individual diversity.” While performing large ethnograph-ic research studies where hundreds of engineering students were interviewed, we interviewed … Continue reading

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‘Getting an Internship…I’m Still Trying to Find That,’ Asian-American Student Experiences Obtaining Engineering Internships

Abstract Internships can provide engineering students with financial support, practical experience, and motivation to complete degrees. The qualities employers seek in interns go beyond high grade point averages to include participation in campus organizations and technical societies, as well as … Continue reading

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