P640: Faculty perceptions of the factors influencing success in STEM fields

Author: Eshani Gandhi, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Co-Author: Heather Skaza, Erica Marti, PG Schrader and MaryKay Orgill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

The 2012 Undergraduate STEM Education Report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science &Technology describes a recent decline in the percentage of STEM degrees attained by college graduates. It is important to consider the perspectives of stakeholders in the many community institutions that affect and are affected by this decline. One such group is the university faculty who are involved in the recruitment, retention and training of the future STEM workforce. In this presentation, we will discuss the results of interviews with 28 STEM faculty at a large public university in the southwestern United States. Specifically, we will discuss (1) their perceptions of the characteristics of successful STEM students; and (2) their perceptions of the causes of the decline in STEM degree attainment. We will also share some of the suggestions faculty had for addressing this problem.

P371: Design, development, and delivery of the Nevada GEAR UP STEM Summer Institute

Author: MaryKay Orgill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Co-Author: Schetema Nealy, Heather Skaza, Erica Marti, Eshani Gandhi, Mehmet Dulger, Daniel Gerrity, Travis Olson, PG Schraderand MaryKay Orgill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA; Kristoffer Carroll, Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

The Nevada State Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (NV GEAR UP) project is a federally-funded, statewide project with a goal of increasing the number of underrepresented, low-income students who enter college. To meet this goal, NV GEAR UP supports middle school students’ learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects through services such as tutoring, STEM activities, academic advising, and professional development opportunities for their teachers. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) STEM leadership team has been tasked with providing NV GEAR UP middle school teachers with professional development opportunities, one of which is the 2014 GEAR UP STEM Summer Institute (STEM SI). The STEM SI aims to authentically integrate the Nevada Academic Content Standards in science, technology, engineering design, and mathematics by engaging the teachers in an interesting storyline as they attempt to answer the guiding question “What would an alien eat?” In this poster presentation, we will discuss the design, development, delivery, and initial evaluation of the SI.