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  1. Justin Fair
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  4. Indiana University of PA
  1. Kenneth Bohl
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  4. Indiana University of PA
  1. Rachel DeSoto Jackson
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  4. Indiana University of PA
  1. Melanie Hildebrandt
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  1. Anne Kondo
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Better Preparing STEM Undergraduates for Employment: An Interdisciplinary, Pr...

NSF Awards: 1625429

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Undergraduate

Recent employer surveys indicate employers feel many new university graduates lack interpersonal and teamwork skills, which are crit. in today's market.  Providing specific training in these skills is difficult because few scientific majors have room in their tech. heavy course load.  To fill this gap, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has created a focused teamwork minor that spans across a student's education, introducing the concepts in Liberal Studies courses and allowing for repeated application, practice and evaluation of these skills in STEM courses.  Social science, theater and communication courses introduce the theory, practice and self-assessment of skills required for good teamwork.  Students enhance and reflect on their skills through team-based interdisciplinary research projects, both in science courses required for their majors and through independent research.  With our curricular model, future graduates will be better prepared for the necessary future interdisciplinary collaborations the workforce needs to advance its competitive edge.

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