The project focuses on increasing “effective STEM education and broadening participation” in underrepresented minority STEM students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) to successfully face academic and professional challenges, recently exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Freshman Year Innovator Experience proposes the development of self-transformation skills in freshman mechanical engineering students to successfully face academic and professional challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic while working on two parallel projects of technical design innovation and academic career pathways. The authors will present the work in progress and preliminary results from a pilot implementation of the Freshman Year Innovator Experience. This project is funded by NSF award 2225247.
Vargas Hernandez, N., & Fuentes, A. A., & Lozano, K., & Ortega, J. A., & Marquez, E. (2023, June), Board 399: The Freshman Year Innovator Experience (FYIE): Bridging the URM Gap in STEM Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. https://peer.asee.org/43125
2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition