Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Scholarship Program at UMBC:
Diversification and Retention: Creating New Paths of Success for STEM Scholars in Mechanical Engineering
The Mechanical Engineering Department is pleased to announce an exciting and unique opportunity for undergraduate students. The Department was awarded two S-STEM grants funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the past years. The goal of the S-STEM program is to provide scholarships and educational opportunities to sixteen economically disadvantaged and academically talented undergraduate students in the Mechanical Engineering program at UMBC. It promotes full-time enrollment and elevates the scholastic achievements of students in Mechanical Engineering. The program combines science, engineering, technology and medicine to improve retention and expand career prospects. The aims are to:
- Proactively recruit, mentor, and graduate an increased number of students in Mechanical Engineering with special emphasis on underrepresented individuals.
- Incorporate research experiences into the education via seminars and access to research laboratories to facilitate retention and develop technical skills.
- Provide students with academic and professional development opportunities that identify employment and/or paths for graduate study.
- Formalize a relationship between UMBC and community colleges in Maryland to increase the number of community college students transferring to the Mechanical Engineering program at UMBC.