National Science Foundation/Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
NSF S-STEM Scholars: First University-Wide Program and Living-Learning Cohort
The initial cohort consisted of 21 students (seven in each discipline of science, engineering, and mathematics) of whom the majority (13 out of the 21 students in the applicant pool, or 62%) were the first generation of college attendees. In addition, the initial cohort included 11 females or 52%.
Since the beginning of the Spring 2011 semester, the cohort has remained the same with the exception of one student leaving RMU after the Spring 2012 semester due to personal reasons. Of the original 21 students, 13 remain which calculates as a 61.9% overall retention rate and 20 students will graduate which is 95%. In the end, the cohort was comprised of seven (7) students each in engineering and science and six (6) in mathematics with a total of 12 males (60%) and 8 females (40%).
They were involved in academic and professional experiences as well as community service, cultural activities, and outreach activities (just to name a few) throughout their academic careers. Some examples include National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, RMU Honors Program, Habitat for Humanity, Division I and Club sports, peer tutors, fraternities, sororities, and various other RMU student organizations. This cohort served as a strong support mechanism to help other students adapt to the college environment and succeed in the future.