2011 Academy for STEM Success

A National Model Summer Bridge Program for Incoming High School Graduates
 interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Majors

a production of the
San Diego City College School of Engineering & Technologies, Mathematics, Sciences and Nursing



2011 San Diego City College Academy for STEM Success
An Introduction to the City College STEM Culture of Success

Two academies will be offered - one for female students and one for male students.  The Academies will be scheduled from 9 am – 3 pm, Tuesday – Thursday:

 Location: Room T-326 (Campus map, including parking)

Academy experience - photo gallery on Shutterfly!

Content

Background & Overview

Addressing the need to increase the retention and success of students in STEM majors (References: 3,5), City College is offering an Academy for STEM Success, a summer bridge program for preparing incoming high school graduates for success in science, technology, engineering and math majors.  More than a bridging program on college success skills, the 3-day Academy will introduce students to the City College STEM culture of success and will teach them what every freshman STEM major must know to succeed.

Participating students will:

  • Learn about the City College STEM culture of success and
    language of success
  • Be trained on the best learning strategies and develop
    necessary study skills
  • Take the StrengthsQuest assessment to learn their five
    most dominant strengths
  • Meet professors from STEM departments
  • Receive guidance from City College Counselors about
    educational planning
  • Be mentored by successful City College students in STEM majors
  • Receive career advice from local STEM professionals
  • Meet City College staff and learn about available student services
  • Receive sample school supplies for organizing class notes and materials
  • Make new friends and build community with 99 other STEM majors
  • Have fun!

Prospective student participants, especially underrepresented minorities and women, will be recruited from City College’s feeder high schools.  The fact that minorities remain seriously underrepresented in STEM disciplines, while they are also the most rapidly growing segment of the population, has produced a “new” American dilemma (2).  Moreover, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), while they represent 8% of all U.S. postsecondary institutions, enroll more than 50% of the over two-million Latinos enrolled in college (6).  The conditions are ideal for City College to implement this model Academy for STEM Success and take an important step towards becoming a leading community college in STEM education (1,4).  City College is a designated HSI, with 38% Latino enrollment in Fall 2010, and it has the capacity for implementing this unique Academy, based on the successful City College MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Program and MESA culture of success.

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Academy Leaders - The Usual Suspects!

Dr. Minou D. Spradley
Interim Dean - School of Engineering & Technologies, Mathematics, Sciences and Nursing

Ph.D. in Biology - University of California Irvine













Rafael D. Alvarez
STEM Academy Coordinator & Lead Trainer
MESA Program Director

M.S. in Electrical Engineering - University of Southern California
B.S. in Engineering - Harvey Mudd College












Veronica Navallez
Lead Counselor - STEM Academy for Female Students
MESA Program Counselor













Dr. Luis Perez
Lead Counselor - STEM Academy for Male Students
Puente Program Director

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - San Diego State University

Dissertation - Chicano Men in Community College: The Renegotiation of Identity of Ten Transfer Bound Chicano Men










In addition, special thanks to our many female and male mentors from the MESA Program. They are the heart of the STEM Academy!

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Evaluation

An evaluation of the Academy’s effectiveness and longitudinal research on the success of participating students will be completed in collaboration with a research team from Iowa State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Research team members include:

Principal Evaluator - Soko S. Starobin, Ph.D.

Dr. Soko Starobin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) and Associate Director in the Office of Community College Research and Policy (OCCRP). Her research interests include community college students, women and minorities in science and engineering, and comparative higher education. She served as Postdoctoral Research Associate in ELPS from 2004 to 2007 and Clinician Faculty in 2008. Since her appointment at ISU, Dr. Starobin has worked with Dr. Frankie Santos Laanan for several grant projects, including the analysis of postcollege earnings among Iowa community college students and the examination of transfer behaviors of Iowa community college students. In 2010, Dr. Starobin co-authored a paper titled "Role of Community Colleges in STEM Education: Thoughts on Implications for Policy, Practice and Future Research." (4) Dr. Starobin received her doctorate in higher education from the University of North Texas.

Co-Principal Evaluator - Frankie Santos Laanan, Ph.D.

Dr. Laanan received his B.A. degree (1993) in political science, M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degree in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on college access, college impact, minority students’ pathway to the baccalaureate and beyond, impact of community colleges on society and individuals.

Professor Laanan recently secured external funding to support his research and dissemination activities related to community colleges, vocational education and STEM fields. Dr. Laanan is PI of a dissemination grant from NSF (Award #0507882), which focuses on research on gender in science and engineering. The objective of this grant is to develop a set of products to encourage the transfer of female and minority students in community colleges to STEM study at four-year institutions. The products include educational videos and a Transfer Student Guide. The dissemination activities will provide students enrolled in community colleges with the tools to be successful in their pre-STEM preparation as well as the educational capital to be successful in the transfer process to the four-year college or university. He is also Co-PI on two NSF grants: 1) (Award #0603132) titled “Students and Organizational Learning: Preparing the 21st Century Technician; and 2) (Award #0653236) titled “Student Enrollment and Engagement through Connections.” From 1997-1999 Dr. Laanan was senior research analyst at Coast Community College District. He worked on a contract funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and assisted with the development of a methodology to assess postcollege earnings of vocational students and conducted statewide professional development workshops regarding vocational education accountability and labor market information for deans, faculty, institutional researchers, and college personnel. 

Graduate Research Associate - Carlos Lopez

Carlos Lopez is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with emphasis in higher education. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and his Master’s degree in Engineering Management both from Florida International University. He worked in companies such as CommerceBank, Johnson & Johnson, Electrolux and others as part of the operations, quality control, quality assurance and management teams. He started working at the office of Community College Research and Policy (OCCRP) as a Graduate Research Assistant in February 2009. He is currently working on a National Science Foundation funded project entitled the Pathway2STEM as an Assistant Project Manager. He is also working in the Biomedical Materials and Process BioMaP REU project in conjunction with the ISU Engineering Department, where he is conducting human interaction surveys, gathering data and coordinating logistics. One of his biggest passions is the study and encouragement of transfer students of all races and gender from Community College to a STEM program at the university.

Graduate Research Associate - Joyce Lui

Joyce Lui is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with emphasis in higher education and concentration in social justice. She began her doctoral studies in fall of 2009. She earned her Master’s degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership, with a specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She has experience working in orientation, residence education, student activities, service-learning, student programming, and assessment and evaluation. She is currently working on a national assessment project on community college courses with a focus on displaced workers and online textbooks. She is also working on policy analysis on Pell Grants. Her research interests include community college students, transfer students, and Asian Pacific Islander communities. Additionally, she utilizes quantitative and qualitative methods, including arts based research.

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Industry Sponsorship

This national model program is offered in partnership with industry sponsors who are committed to the development of tomorrow's mathematicians, engineers and scientists.

Contact us for more information on becoming an industry sponsor.

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Eligibility & Application

This program is open to high school graduates who will be attending City College in Fall 2011 and meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be interested in a math, engineering or science major
  • Students must place into intermediate algebra (Math 96) or above

Before you may apply for the Academy, you will need to apply for admission to City College and obtain a City College student ID number.

The application period has ended. The deadline for applications was Friday, June 24, 2011.

Contact us for more information.

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Student Profile - Female Students

This is a profile for the female students who will be attending the STEM Academy on August 9-11.

Participating Students: 54
Average High School GPA: 3.14
Ethnicity




















Majors of Interest




















Current Math Level




















High Schools Represented (Total: 23)

  • Anaheim High School
  • Chula Vista High School
  • Clairemont High School
  • Coronado High School
  • Crawford High School
  • Frontier High School
  • Hilltop High School
  • Hoover High School
  • King Chavez High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Mar Vista High School
  • Mission Bay High School
  • Montgomery High School
  • Morse High School
  • Olympian High School
  • Point Loma High School
  • San Diego High School
  • San Ysidro High School
  • Scripps Ranch High School
  • Serra High School
  • Southwest High School
  • Sweetwater High School
  • The Charter School of San Diego
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Student Profile - Male Students

This is a profile for the male students who will be attending the STEM Academy on August 16-18.

Participating Students: 53
Average High School GPA: 3.00
Ethnicity

Majors of Interest



















Current Math Level



















High Schools Represented (Total: 23)

  • Balboa City School
  • Castle Park High School
  • Chula Vista High School
  • Clairemont High School
  • First Avenue Literacy Program
  • Garfield High School
  • Hoover High School
  • Hilltop High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Mid City Continuing Education
  • Mission Bay High School
  • Montgomery High School
  • Morse High School
  • Otay Ranch High School
  • Palomar High School
  • Preparatoria Federal Lazaro Cardenas
  • Rancho Vista High School
  • San Diego High School
  • San Ysidro High School
  • Southwest High School
  • Sweetwater High School
  • The Charter School of San Diego
  • University City High School
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Industry Guests

Special thanks to our industry guests for helping our students to dream their dreams! You are the light that guides our students and shows them the pathways to success. Your personal stories of desire, perseverance and achievement are an inspiration for all.

Debra Kimberling - Senior Product Support Engineer, Solar Turbines


Sandi J. Wong McKellips - Manufacturing Contracts Manager, NAVAIR

Louisa
- Solar Turbines

Leia Guccione
- U.S. Navy


Wendy Martinez - Principal Engineer, Raytheon
2010 Luminary Honoree - Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Conference

Yolanda Tanner - Emergency Management Coordinator, SPAWAR

Jane Odero - Senior Systems Engineer, Raytheon

Kim Martinez - Senior Systems Engineer, Raytheon

 


Corinne Kanaly - Senior Manager, Qualcomm Inc. .

Patty Anderson - Earth Science Professor, California State University, San Marcos

Dr. De'Nise McKee
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Reproductive Medicine, University of California, San Diego


Eliseo Guerrero - City of San Diego

Luke Burgan - Ametek Programmable Power


Kevin Askew - IT Engineer, Qualcomm Inc.

Dr. Douglas Fenner - Director, Organizational Development & Training Management, SPAWAR

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Engineering & Science Organizations

Special thanks to the following organizations for their support of and participation in the STEM Academy. Participation in these organizations is a great way for Academy participants to gain industry exposure, network with professionals, develop leadership skills in associated student chapters, receive scholarship opportunities, and explore career pathways.


Association for Women in Science - San Diego (AWIS)







National Society of Black Engineers - San Diego Alumni Extension (NSBE)














Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)











Society of Women Engineers - San Diego (SWE)














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Music of Success

Academy participants were surveyed for their favorite song - a song that inspires them, motivates them or simply makes them feel good. Used as background music during breaks in the Academy, the music selections form the "music of success" of the STEM Academy. More importantly, the music creates an emotional connection for the Academy experience: a connection that unites the Circle of Sisters/Circle of Brothers and reinforces the "learning culture of success."

Favorite songs of female participants:

Favorite songs of male participants:

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Homework - Daily Preparation for Students

Each participating student is responsible for coming prepared to the STEM Academy each day. Here are the daily homework assignments. Complete each homework assignment and come prepared to ask questions.

Homework to be completed before Day 1 - Read and be familiar with the following materials:
Homework to be completed before Day 2 - Read and be familiar with the following materials:
Homework to be completed before Day 3 - Read and be familiar with the following materials:
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School Supplies

STEM Academy participants will need the following supplies for their classes:

1" Binder with EZ-Turn Ring
Number required: 1 for each class

Notice that these binders have the ring-bar attached to the back-side. This makes it easy to open the binder, and it reduces the wear-and-tear on your papers. Students must have a different binder for each of their classes.



3-Hole 5-Tab Dividers
Number required: 1 set for each class binder plus 1 set for each 3-prong folder (see below)

The dividers will be very important for organizing the following class materials:
> BPR (Bullet Point Reading)
> Lecture Notes
> Homework
> Quizzes
> Handouts




3-Prong Folders
Number required: 1 or more for each class depending on the number of tests

These folders will be very important for organizing class notes, materials and tests. Using different folder colors for different classes is also helpul. Example: Red for Math, Green for Chemistry, etc.



Smartpen

More than a tool, the Smartpen is a true "weapon" for learning. The Smartpen records everything you write and hear so you'll never miss a word. Then you can reply your lectures. The Smartpen writes on digital paper, and you can upload your notes to your computer and internet. Smartpens come with 2, 4 or 8 GB of memory. Search Google for availability and prices. The pen is also available in the City College Bookstore.

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References

  1. Dowd, A.C., Malcom, L.E. & Macias, E.E. (2010). Improving Transfer Access to STEM, Bachelor’s Degrees at Hispanic Serving Institutions through the America COMPETES Act.  Los Angeles, CA: University of Southern California.

  2. Frehill, L., DiFabio, N. & Hill, S. (2008). Confronting the "New" American Dilemma - Underrepresented Minorities in Engineering: A Data-Based Look at Diversity.  National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

  3. Henderson, P., Psalmonds, E. & Bissell, R. (2010). Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.  Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

  4. Hoffman, E., Starobin, S.S., Santos Laanan, F. & Rivera, M. (2010). Role of Community Colleges in STEM Education: Thoughts on Implications for Policy, Practice and Future Research.  Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Volume 16/Issue 1.  DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v16.i1

  5. Hurtado, S., Chang, M., Eagan, K. & Gasiewski, J. (2010). Degrees of Success: Bachelor’s Degree Completion Rates among Initial STEM Majors.  Los Angeles, CA: University of California, Los Angeles.

  6. Malcom, L.E., Bensimon, E.M. & Dávila, B. (2010). (Re)Constructing Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Moving Beyond Numbers Toward Student Success.  Ames, IA: Iowa State University

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