|Abstract||The Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance (OSEA) is a coalition of fifteen universities working together with corporations and federal, state, and community agencies. The primary goal is to double the number of underrepresented minority students who earn bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields and to significantly increase the number who pursue graduate study in these fields. This goal will be accomplished through the integration of new and existing campus-based and statewide programs; the monitoring of student progress through their undergraduate degrees and beyond; and the promotion of the Alliance to students, their parents, faculty, and the general public.
The Ohio Alliance focuses on a comprehensive series of effective recruitment and retention initiatives that address key transition points from undergraduate recruitment through preparation for graduate school. Funds are being used to support Alliance-wide initiatives (e.g., cooperative recruitment, academic year and summer research internships, Ohio Student Research Forum, faculty and staff professional development workshops) as well as individual campus-based programs (e.g., mentoring, bridge programs, tutoring, supplemental instruction, drop-in centers, student participation in professional conferences). STEM students who receive competitive funding are referred to as Glenn-Stokes Scholars.
Accomplishments to date
45 Summer Research Interns – 2004 (11 at OSU)
40 Faculty mentors
Ohio Student Research Forum – August, 2004 at Ohio State University
8 Academic Year Research Interns – 2003-04;
Best Practices Workshop: Summer Bridge Programs – January, 2005 at Ohio State University (41 faculty and staff)
5 Steering Committee Meetings hosted by Ohio State
Seed Grants distributed to each campus (~$12,000 each)
Brochure distributed and website launched in June, 2004 – www.OhioSEA.org
55 Summer Research Interns – 2005 (15 at OSU)
45 Faculty mentors
Ohio Student Research Forum – August, 2005 at University of Akron |