Increasing Retention in STEM: Results from a STEM Talent Expansion Program at the University of Memphis

  • Alistair Windsor University of Memphis
  • Anna Bargagliotti Loyola Marymount University
  • Rachel Best University of Memphis
  • Donald Franceschetti University of Memphis
  • John Haddock University of Memphis
  • Stephanie Ivey University of Memphis
  • David Russomanno Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Keywords: STEM, Retention,

Abstract

MemphiSTEP is a five-year STEM Talent Expansion Program at the University of Memphis sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The project focuses on retention and persistence to graduation to increase the number of STEM majors and graduates. The project includes a range of student retention programs, including a Summer Mathematics Bridge Bootcamp, Networking Program, Research Award Program, Travel Award program and STEM Learning Communities; Results from the first four years of the project suggest that MemphiSTEP is making a positive impact on student retention and performance in STEM fields. Our data indicate that even after controlling for gender, race, and prior performance, STEM students taking part in MemphiSTEP activities are retained at higher rates and perform better than University of Memphis STEM students who have not participated in MemphiSTEP activities.

Author Biographies

Alistair Windsor, University of Memphis
Associate Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences
Anna Bargagliotti, Loyola Marymount University
Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics Loyola Marymount University
Rachel Best, University of Memphis
Civil Engineering
Donald Franceschetti, University of Memphis
University Professor Department of Physics
John Haddock, University of Memphis
Dunavant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences
Stephanie Ivey, University of Memphis
Associate Professor Department of Civil Engineering
David Russomanno, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology
Published
2015-06-22
Section
Articles