Scholarships in Engineering, Science, Mathematics and Computer Science (SESMC, “seismic”) is an NSF S-STEM project at Allan Hancock College (AHC), a community college in Santa Maria, California. SESMC was funded at $600,000 for five-years. The first set of scholarships was awarded during academic year 2013–14, and the final set was awarded during 2017–18.
Project activities were based on four foundations blocks: Financial, Academic Skills, Involvement, and Commitment/Motivation (Figure 1). Each scholar was awarded up to $6,000 per year. Scholars were required to attend group study sessions, workshops, guest speaker talks, etc., as well as meet twice per semester with a faculty mentor in their discipline (or in a related discipline). Scholars were provided field trip opportunities, were encouraged to apply for internships, and were provided with a membership in a professional organization (e.g., ASME, IEEE).
This poster will present three elements and activities of the SESMC program, and an initial analysis of student response to each. These elements include:
1. Reduction in working hours.
2. Winter Reading Activity
3. Meetings with Faculty Mentors
A summary of the scholar status at the end of the project period is also presented.
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