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Howard University

Industry-Research Inclusion in STEM Education (I-RISE)


2022 (see original presentation & discussion)


Industry-Research Inclusion in STEM Education (I-RISE) Program aims to develop an undergraduate research platform in which students from underrepresented populations in Science and Engineering disciplines at Howard University (HU) participate in industry-identified research themes and projects. The primary objectives of I-RISE have been i) providing undergraduate students in STEM, especially those with a GPA range of 2.00-3.00 at the freshman and sophomore levels, an undergraduate research experience under the mentorship of HU faculty, ii) equipping them with the necessary research skill set which is aligned with the needs of the industry and recruiters, and iii) providing students networking opportunities with the industry partners and research sponsors for attaining summer internship and career development.

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Discussion from the 2022 STEM For All Video Showcase (8 posts)
  • Icon for: Catherine Quinlan

    Catherine Quinlan

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 9, 2022 | 10:45 p.m.

    Great project. What amazing impact! As you noted, most of the programs cater to students with high GPA.  So it's great that you're giving students with low GPA support and research experiences.  

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    Michael Briscoe

    Informal Educator
    May 10, 2022 | 12:34 p.m.

    If you are looking for more industry connections, please reach out to us at the American Society of Naval Engineers. We appreciate your hard work in ensuring students that often fall out of the STEM pipeline feel supported, gain research skills, and work with industry partners. Great work!

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    Nickolay Hristov

    Senior Scientist, Associate Professor, Director
    May 11, 2022 | 11:24 a.m.

    Hello I-RISE Team!  I am wondering how far along you are with the project and what are your early impressions on the successes and challenges of the program.  How are faculty mentors selected and how is faculty participation incentivized.  Is the project part of the regular mentoring and/or advising of students or do you implement a different mechanism.

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    Neela White

    Project Director
    May 11, 2022 | 12:52 p.m.

    Great job I-RISE Team.  Thank you for considering those students who are working hard in the transition between high school and college, but may not have the high GPA to show the work that they are putting in. What a great way to gain experience, research skills, networking and mentoring for these students.  Job well done.

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    Lelli Van Den Einde

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 11, 2022 | 03:57 p.m.

    The program seems amazing. How do you get faculty to participate in the program? Do you also collaborate with other institutions? How do you identify students to participate? Great work.

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    Channa Comer

    STEM Educator
    May 11, 2022 | 05:04 p.m.

    Hello and thank you for sharing your work. As others have said, your program is unique in offering opportunities to students who are not considered to be "high achievers". Having paid research opportunities also removes a barrier that some students may have to participate in programs like yours -- the need to work to support themselves or their families. I also imagine that the experience they gain in the STEM Professional Workshop will be valuable to them as they move toward their careers. 

    How do you recruit students into the program? How do the statistics for internships among I-RISE participants compare to those of students who are not in the program? Are their plans for a longitudinal impact study of the participants?

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    Sue Allen

    Senior Research Scientist
    May 11, 2022 | 06:20 p.m.

    One of the most powerful outcomes of the program seems to be the number of I-RISE students who get accepted into summer internships (such an important bridging experience and builder of social capital). I wonder if you could emphasize this success even more in your analysis of impacts to show comparisons - e.g. comparing I-RISE students with others (or even students at other universities) in terms of things like how many apply for internships, how many are accepted, etc. It seems that the regular retention rates are already so high that it's harder to show impact there, while the internships seem like a gem of your program worthy of additional analysis.

  • Icon for: Francheska Figueroa

    Francheska Figueroa

    May 13, 2022 | 12:52 p.m.

    Phenomenal work! So great to see students of color offered internships that often open doors for building experiences and networking! Quick questions: Have you recruited students who are multilingual learners/English learners and if so what has been the success rate for internships for this often overlooked population?

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