Evaluating the Quality of Project Summaries for S-STEM Proposals

Yvette Pearson, Canek Phillips, Margaret Beier, Jacqueline Gilberto, Stephen Mattingly, Ann Saterbak, Yuting Sheng, Anila Shethia, Rui (Roy) Sun
2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
He has recently completed and is currently working on research projects that address a variety of topics including transportation public health performance measures, decision and risk analysis, airport operations, managed lane traveler behavior, high-speed rail compatibility with existing freeway right-of-way, improving critical thinking in the civil engineering curriculum, integrating sustainability into the engineering curriculum and creating a sustainability minor, transportation emissions
more » ... rtation emissions and sustainability, and freeway performance measures. Abstract Rice University received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host workshops designed to help faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) develop competitive proposals to the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. S-STEM projects provide scholarships and other support to low-income students who demonstrate the academic potential to succeed in STEM disciplines with the aim of increasing their presence in the U.S. STEM workforce and/or graduate programs. Our recruitment efforts focused primarily on PUIs located in Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) jurisdictions. An initial search of NSF's awards database showed that despite enrolling the majority of students, PUIs -associate's colleges in particularreceived a disproportionately small fraction of S-STEM awards. Additionally, at the time of our search, Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) awards had been made to institutions in only 50% of EPSCoR jurisdictions. By increasing the capacity of faculty members at PUIs in EPSCoR jurisdictions to successfully compete for funding, we can help improve the number and diversity of the institutions students S-STEM supports. Analyses are not yet available on the status of all proposals submitted by workshop participants; however, we are using project summaries as one preliminary, indirect indicator of likely proposal quality. In this paper, we present the rubric and describe the results of the project summary evaluations as preliminary findings to address the question: To what degree and in what ways do participants' project summaries change from preto post-workshop? The results have implications for prospective PIs who are seeking guidance on strengthening areas of S-STEM proposals.
doi:10.18260/1-2--30448 fatcat:6kdn2yfjfzca3drjx6vilwotda