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Scholarships Grant Supports Recruitment/Retention of Engineering Students

March 18, 2009

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $600,000 to The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering as a part of the NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The grant will support the college’s efforts in a national project titled Focus on Retention in Cohorts of Engineering Students (FORCES).

FORCES is a multidisciplinary, collaborative effort involving faculty and staff throughout the College of Engineering to (1) increase educational opportunities for financially needy undergraduate engineering students, with emphasis on those from typically underrepresented groups (females, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities); (2) improve the retention of engineering students through a combination of cohort placement and required participation in support activities; and (3) increase students’ knowledge of career opportunities in industry, academia and elsewhere through actual experiences.

FORCES will provide scholarships and other academic support to two groups of 21 engineering students in their freshman and sophomore years; cohort students will take classes together, including a peer counselor-taught class covering academic skills and engineering topics. Other elements of the program include support to improve first-semester calculus readiness, academic and career counseling, peer tutoring and involvement in engineering internships. The program will be open to all incoming freshman engineering majors during the 2009-10 and 2011-12 academic years.

The UT Arlington project will be directed by Civil Engineering Senior Lecturer Dr. Yvette Pearson Weatherton and Assistant Dean of Engineering Dr. Carter Tiernan.

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