Icon for: Claire Duggan


Northeastern University, Clark Atlanta University, Massachusetts Bay Community College

S-POWER Student Pathways Opening World Energy Resources (S-POWER)

NSF Awards: 1564653

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Undergraduate, Graduate

Northeastern University researchers have received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an innovative scholarship and mentoring program that supports college transfer students from underrepresented backgrounds who are studying and doing research in energy. The pedagogy Northeastern develops through the new program can serve as a national model for educating and supporting college students through the transfer process.

The five-year program—called Student Pathways Opening World Energy Resources, or S-POWER—aligns with a national imperative to increase workforce diversity in STEM fields and the energy sector. According to the NSF, the program seeks to address two primary national crises: the extremely low persistence rate of underrepresented minority transfer students from two- or four-year institutions that don’t offer degrees in STEM to institutions that do grant degrees in STEM, and the need for fundamental research and training in energy-related fields in order to prepare a new generation of energy experts.

The vision of S-POWER is to revolutionize the pedagogy with which colleges and universities successfully educate transfer students, particularly those with financial need as well as those who are underrepresented minorities, female, and first-generation students.

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