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School of Science & Engineering

Foundations For STEM Success

Merrimack College has been awarded a major grant from the National Science Foundation  to graduate more engineers and computer science majors. 

 

Prospective Engineers and Computer Science majors, find out how this free program helps you become successful!

Why?

Studying engineering and computer science is demanding! Foundations for Stem Success is a program designed to help you to make it through your major and be successful in your career and life goals.  It promotes your success as a young engineer or computer scientist. 

What? - Our Program has the following proven effective initiatives :

 
1.  Optional Living & Learning Community  - Choose to live in a   community where:
  • you will be part our supportive environment living among other engineers and computer scientists;
  • you will attend workshops and seminars, tutoring sessions specifically for you
  • you will participate in professional skill building sessions and social activities.
2.  A Gateway Course in Engineering or Computer Science
     This is a first year course that includes:
  • “Math for engineers” applying math to real-world problems;
  • surviving as an engineering or computer science major;
  • problem solving and mastery learning of basic pre-calculus principles;
  • soft skills such as communication, leadership and team work.
·      3.  A Peer and Faculty Mentoring Program which:
  • assigns a peer mentor to help you to orient to the campus and its culture, provide tutoring and career preparation;
  • provides workshops in time management, interviewing skills, working in teams, and formal tutoring in engineering and computer science topics;
  • provides guest speakers from industry and field trips to professional venues and events
 4.  An Optional Summer Intensive Program which has three  goals:  
  • to provide a math review to help with first year math placement 
  • to introduce you to your major via field trips, invited speakers, hands-on activities, student competitions
  • to form a sense of community with your peers through lots of recreational and social events throughout the two weeks.

 

Quotes regarding the success of Living Learning Communities :

“Studies show students are more likely to accomplish difficult tasks when engaged with individuals facing similar challenges”  (Roberts and Styron, Students Satisfaction and Persistence, Research in Higher Education Journal)

“[Living Learning] L/L participants do report higher scores than traditional residence hall students in a variety of key environmental measures, including positive interactions with peers and faculty, use of residence hall resources, perceptions of an academically and socially supportive residence hall climate, and positive peer diversity interactions” (National Study of Living-Learning programs, 2007,   p.VI-1).

“The data show that the first-year retention rate of students living in the Quad or Andrews Hall exceed that of students who lived elsewhere on campus 98.6 percent, respectively, vs. 78.0 percent for those students who lived elsewhere)” (American Society of Engineering Education, 2010, p.21).