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Enriching the Academic Experience of College Science Students Conference. At University of Michigan-AA, 5-18-06 “Do the Math: Yields STEM Results” T. Carter Gilmer, Ph. D. Chemistry, Director BGSU AIMS. Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS).

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Enriching the academic experience of college science students conference

Enriching the Academic Experience of College Science Students Conference

At University of Michigan-AA, 5-18-06

“Do the Math: Yields STEM Results”

T. Carter Gilmer, Ph. D. Chemistry, Director BGSU AIMS


Academic investment in math and science aims
Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) Students Conference

  • 4-year program to help students matriculate in math/science areas and encourage to proceed toward terminal degrees

  • First year is critical to retain in STEM disciplines

  • Success (i.e., A or B) in math and science courses is critical



Required courses curriculum
Required Courses/Curriculum 2001-2005

  • AIMS scholars are to be enrolled in a program requiring at least 45 hours of math/statistics/science, including at least one lab sequence

  • 1. Math, 2. Computer Science

    3. Natural Sciences (Biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, etc.)


First and second year components of aims program
First and second year components of AIMS program 2001-2005

  • Summer bridge

  • One-on-ones with Director-AY

  • AIMS Seminar Course (Careers in math/science, course sequencing, etc.)-AY

  • Course clustering-AY

  • STEM Exposures (Guest speakers, etc.)-AY

  • Undergraduate Research

  • STARS (Students Teaching and Reaching

    Students)—”study groups”-AY


Third and fourth year components of aims program
Third and fourth year components of AIMS program 2001-2005

  • STEM Exposures

  • One-on-ones with Director (or surrogate)

  • Experience Critiques (peer mentoring)

  • Undergraduate research/internships

  • Resume building

  • GRE preparation and exam taking

  • Examining post-baccalaureate programs

  • Applying to graduate programs

  • Exploring alternatives to graduate school

  • Graduating


5 week pre matriculation summer bridge program most valuable
5-week, pre-matriculation, summer bridge program—most valuable

  • Campus acclimation

  • Build a support system (faculty/staff and friends)

  • Reinforce and strengthen math/science principles

  • Exposure to college classes


General components of 5 week summer bridge program
General Components of 5-week summer bridge program valuable

  • Curricular

  • Co-curricular

  • Extra-curricular


Curricular core courses math and cs every m th am for 1 1 2 hrs each
Curricular: Core Courses, Math and CS, every M-Th., AM, for 1-1/2 hrs. each

  • Math (back to the basics: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, differential equations; Regular Quizzes/Final Exam; Resembles Pre-Calculus and Calculus of Fall Term)

  • Computer Science (Some programming, practical applications: email, Powerpoint, Spreadsheets, etc.)


Curricular typical science exposures in 3 hour time blocks m th 2 5 pm
Curricular: Typical Science Exposures in 3-hour time blocks (M-Th., 2- 5 PM)

  • Emerging Infections, HIV/Optical Microscopy

  • DNA and associated electrophoresis lab

  • Reptiles

  • Polymers/synthesis of a polyamide; Nylon 6,10

  • Mechanical (tensile) properties of materials

  • Spectroscopy/Photochemistry

  • Acceleration and Motion

  • GPS in research/Electron Microscope/Minerals

  • Astronomy/the Planetarium


Some co curricular activities fridays and saturdays
Some Co-curricular Activities, Fridays and Saturdays (M-Th., 2- 5 PM)

  • Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Ann Arbor, Mi.

  • Phoenix Technology (Plastic Re-cycling)

  • MUO (Medical University of Ohio)

  • NASA (Glenn Center), Cleveland

  • COSI, Columbus or Toledo

  • Great Lakes Science Center

  • BASF

  • Toledo Zoo


Extra curricular activities
Extra-curricular activities (M-Th., 2- 5 PM)

  • Recreation Center Day (swimming, etc.)

  • Cook-outs

  • Sports (ping-pong, volleyball, etc.)

  • Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame

  • Professional sports (Detroit Tigers, Toledo Mudhens)

  • Museums (e.g., Toledo Museum of Art, African-American Museum in Detroit)


Retention in math science is f x
Retention in math/science is F(x) (M-Th., 2- 5 PM)

  • Success in math courses first semester

  • Success in science courses first semester

  • Continued success in math and science areas, the second semester (and thereafter)









Retention of aims 2002 2004 cohorts versus bgsu controls
Retention of AIMS 2002-2004 cohorts versus BGSU controls First Semesters

  • 88.9 % vs. 72.2% (2002, after 7 semesters)

  • 94.7% vs. 63.2% (2003, after 5 semesters)

  • 95% vs. 68.2% (2004, after 3 semesters)



Student testimonials
Student Testimonials First Semesters

“The STARS room really gives us a place to meet to study together and socialize. Not only do we have computers for email and reports, the room gives us a sense of belonging. It’s not just about studying together.”—2003 AIMS cohort member

“The math summer courses really allowed me to improve my math skills. Without it, I doubt that I would have done nearly as well in the regular math course in the fall.”—2003 AIMS cohort member

“The various science exposures and excursions we had in the summer were amazing! The trip to Pfizer really opened my eyes to what was available to science majors besides going into medicine and teaching.”—2002 AIMS cohort member


Academic outcomes
Academic Outcomes First Semesters

  • Performance in Math summer program course positively correlates with semester-1 GPA

  • Students often maintain academic achievements consistent with their start in college (first semester)

  • AIMS Scholars get better grades their first semester versus BGSU control cohort members, ca. 0.5 GPA units higher, ~3.0 versus ~2.5

  • AIMS Scholars are retained in STEM majors moreso than non-program participants

  • AIMS Scholars progress toward graduation faster than control cohorts (accumulate SCH faster)


Acknowledgments
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS First Semesters

  • President Sidney Ribeau

  • Ohio Success Challenge Initiative

  • NSF LSAMP and OSEA

  • Marathon Pipe Line (Marathon Oil)

  • Donors and Volunteers

  • AIMS Advisory Board Members

  • Phyllis A. Gilmer (AIMS acronym)


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