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Tuesday, November 10 • 9:50am - 11:00am
Proven Strategies in Fostering and Retaining STEM Students

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In an ideal world, every undergarduate majoring in STEM would, in addition to their formal course load, engage in research, have a strong network of formal and informal mentors and advisors, volunteer for a variety of STEM outreach activities, and participate in a rich offering of STEM-related social events. The positive impact of these opportunities has well documented impacts on retention for STEM students in general and for underrepresented minority students in particular. This panel presentation will introduce successful model programs that provide such opportunities fostering engagement and improving retention of students in STEM.

Following the panel presentation, participants will engage with the stakeholders reflecting on the programs, their impact, and strategies for implementation and assessment.

The programs featured include:

- Wentworth Institute of Technology's RAMP precollege summer bridge program which familiarizes students with a college learning environment and forms a cohort of classmates from similar backgrounds providing a foundation of support for transition to campus in the fall.

- Holy Cross will share four interventions that have promoted persistence including a pre-college bridge program, a first-year research program, peer assisted learning in chemistry, and an extended-time course in calculus.

- UMass Boston will discuss the creation of the Student Success Center and the implementation of the Freshman Success Community, which have a tremendous impact on retention and achievement, especially for underrepresented minority students.

- UMass Amherst's STEM Ambassadors Program is a novel hierarchical mentoring program that provides students with formal and informal advising and mentoring opportunities along with a diverse suite of retention activities and events.


Renee White

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Simmons College


Arielle Arsenault-Benoit

Interim Director, STEM Ambassadors Program, UMass Amherst

Felecia Edwards

Associate Director, Student Success Center, UMass Boston

Erik Miller

Director, Center for Community and Learning Partnerships, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Kenneth Mills

Professor of Chemistry, College of the Holy Cross

Tuesday November 10, 2015 9:50am - 11:00am
Location TBD