CIRC/METS: A scholarship program to assist engineering transfer students to graduate and to attain a graduate degree

Mary R. Anderson-Rowland, Donna M. Zerby, Paul C. Johnson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

14 Scopus citations

Abstract

The CIRC/METS project - Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Community/Maricopa Engineering Transition Scholars is an academic scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation to retain students in engineering degree programs and to create interest in pursuing an advanced degree in engineering. This pilot program targets women and underrepresented students who transferred from community colleges to four-year engineering degree programs to address their unique needs as transfer students. Many engineering schools have developed retention programs to assist entering engineering freshmen adjust to college life. However, little attention has been given to the community college transfer student entering a four-year engineering school. The goal of CIRC/METS is to provide students encouragement and support to complete an undergraduate degree in engineering with the goal that the students will aspire to attain an advanced degree in engineering. The paper reports on the recruiting process for the program and on the CIRC/METS workshops (five per semester). The workshops concentrated on connecting students with ASU faculty to get research experience and on strategies for how to best present themselves when applying to graduate programs. The paper also reports on student feedback and what we have learned about strategies to motivate CIRC/METS students to pursue an advanced degree in engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume3
StatePublished - 2004
Event34th Annual Frontiers in Education: Expanding Educational Opportunities Through Partnerships and Distance Learning - Conference Proceedings, FIE - Savannah, GA, United States
Duration: Oct 20 2004Oct 23 2004

Other

Other34th Annual Frontiers in Education: Expanding Educational Opportunities Through Partnerships and Distance Learning - Conference Proceedings, FIE
CountryUnited States
CitySavannah, GA
Period10/20/0410/23/04

Keywords

  • Community College
  • Graduate School
  • Retention
  • Transfer Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'CIRC/METS: A scholarship program to assist engineering transfer students to graduate and to attain a graduate degree'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Anderson-Rowland, M. R., Zerby, D. M., & Johnson, P. C. (2004). CIRC/METS: A scholarship program to assist engineering transfer students to graduate and to attain a graduate degree. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (Vol. 3)