TLC 2021 - Exploring the Impact STEM UREs have on Underrepresented Minorities

A talk by Magaly Tymms
Dir, Institutionl Effectiveness, St. Petersburg College

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The National Science Foundation, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate (TB-B2B) grant, supports SPC's underrepresented minority students who are pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees, and provides resources for undergraduate research experiences (UREs).

The URE model developed at SPC includes a ‘Student Research Commitment and Agreement’, developed to ensure consistency, accountability, student learning outcomes, and impartiality across all STEM Degree Majors. The learning activities in the Student Agreement are established by faculty based on the research project agreed upon with the student. Submitting a compiled report of the research/activities completed each week, including results observed, assumptions, and/or conclusions, learning achieved, etc., is a required component of every research project.

Twenty SPC TB-B2B underrepresented minority students pursuing a 4-year STEM degree have completed UREs facilitated by faculty in their field of interest.

In January 2021, IRE provided funding to expand UREs collegewide, by encouraging First Generation students in any field, to participate in UREs. Seven students are currently conducting research in their field of interest.

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