We are very glad to add another NSF S-STEM grant evaluation project to our growing resume. This time, we are going to Temple University!
The vision of the Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is that all Americans, regardless of economic status, can pursue a STEM degree and contribute to the American innovation economy, if they so desire.
The S-STEM program provides scholarship awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that promote recruitment, retention, and graduation in STEM for low-income, academically talented students with financial needs.
Temple’s Track 2 S-STEM titled, “The Sustainable Temple Energy and Power Scholars,” (STEPS), will fund scholarships to 34 unique full time students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering. First year students will receive four-year scholarships.
The STEPS project will provide peer, faculty, and industry mentoring that will support scholars through to graduation. Of critical importance to the proposed project is the participation of 13 local industry partners interested in providing job placements to qualified scholars who graduate and facilitating professional development opportunities during their academic career. While efforts are primarily focused on enrolling and supporting S-STEM scholars, the STEPS project will ultimately contribute to building a college-wide framework to increase diversity and student success in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department and the college of engineering at Temple beyond the S-STEM award.
This is our 7th S-STEM grant evaluation since 2016. Looking forward to working with the talented PI and Co-PI team members at Temple soon!