Start Date: 1/1/2010
Award Number: 965947
NSF Funding Organization: DUE
Principal Investigator: Palis, Michael
Co-PI: Joseph Martin
Award Amount: $600,000
Program(s): S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH
Abstract: The goal of the Rutgers University Camden S-STEM project is to build a sustainable pipeline of STEM students who enter, stay, and graduate from the university. This project is achieving this goal by: 1) increasing the number of STEM majors through a proactive recruitment campaign, utilizing STEM scholarships as a recruiting tool for academic talented STEM students with financial need, 2) creating a learning community that participates in a comprehensive program designed to improve student retention, promote academic success and build career preparedness, 3) partnering with area high schools and middle schools to enrich math and science education at these schools, 4) leveraging existing strong relationships with alumni to mentor and counsel STEM students about workplace expectations and career opportunities and to cultivate opportunities for internships and student employment.