Joanna Millunchick

Self-reported Extracurricular Activities of M-STEM Engineering students

Sponsor: University of Michigan
The purpose of this project is to examine whether students who participate in M-STEM Academies in Engineering are participating in extracurricular activities at similar rates to students who do not participate in the program. The M-STEM Academies were established in 2007 to strengthen and diversify the cohort of students who receive their baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It focuses on atypical but high ability engineering students who are known to perform and persist in STEM fields at lower levels than their more privileged peers. M-STEM provides an integrated holistic support system with the ultimate goal for each student to graduate with a GPA of at least a 3.4 and a full complement of extra-curricular activities. While the program has been shown to raise the GPA of its participants, little is known about their participation in extra-curricular activities. This project will examine the resumes of seniors who have participated in M-STEM and those who have not in order to look for participation patterns. We will take care to compare M-STEM students to a random set of COE students, and a characteristic-matched set if COE students in order to determine how student attributes like initial preparation, race, socio-economic status, etc. influence participation in these activities. We will also look for similarities and differences between the types of activities (internships, design teams, honors societies, etc) and the three groups of students in an effort to determine whether M-STEM is having the desired effect on student participation.