Broadening STEM Participation: Providing STEM Research Experience for Minority High School Students in the Mathematics, Science and Education Network Pre-College ProgramProject Team: PI-Tameshia Ballard (Academic Affairs-Eng) Co-PI-Braska Williams Co-PI-Angelitha Daniel (Academic Affairs-Eng)
Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Project Total: $180,000
This project addresses the lack of participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields through the formation of a strategic partnership between the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program (MSEN), the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) and the College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina State University. The project team is creating a STEM-focused research methods course and summer research experience for minority high school students in the MSEN Program to increase their interest and self-efficacy in STEM research and careers. MEP students will serve as mentors to the MSEN students throughout the research course and NCSU faculty members from the different STEM disciplines will guide students through the completion of a summer research project. The goal of the project is to increase the number of minority students interested in pursuing STEM degrees at NC State.