Impact Award Recipients

2012 Recipients:

Michigan State University, University of Houston and University of Maryland – College Park were honored with the 2012 Impact Award for their efforts in retaining underrepresented minority students in engineering programs.

Michigan State University – The Diversity Programs Office “Scholars Program” (DPO-SP) provides structure for students during their first two years, which are the most critical of a college student’s experience. Mandatory program participation ensures a high level of commitment from both students and faculty engaged with the DPO-SP to combat declining enrollment and graduation rates in science, technology, engineering and math fields. This early focus has allowed Michigan State University to attain 78 percent graduation rates among the DPO-SP cohorts. Additional program components include opportunities for summer employment, research and increased access to faculty.

University of Houston - The Cullen College of Engineering actively seeks to close higher-education gaps in student participation and student success in science, technology, engineering and math fields through the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES, pronounced “Promise”). Student success strategies include cohorting new students into first-year courses, providing sophomores with peer-led supplemental learning in support of gatekeeper engineering and individualized academic advising. Formal and informal mentoring is also utilized in addition to ongoing personal and professional development opportunities through seminars and industry mentoring for upperclassmen.

University of Maryland - College Park – Through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, the University of Maryland - College Park’s Bridge Program enrolls freshmen in coursework before their first semester in order to increase the quantity and quality of students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science and engineering. Created in 1984, as a diversity initiative in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the Bridge Program is a four-year retention program which includes leadership opportunities, study abroad, research, career development and graduate school preparation. - I know this is a lot of information. 

2011 Award Recipients:

Purdue University
University of Texas at Austin
Virginia Tech University