Several of the participating Universities have outreach activities with other universities, high schools, and the community which complement and/or are supported by Massie Chairs funds. Some of the programs are detailed below.
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Outreach programs are an integral part of the Dr. Massie Chairs of Excellence Program at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. The College of Engineering has a very active and successful pre-college program that recruits high school students to enter an engineering career. The DECM Group is working closely with the Pre-College Program Coordinator. Activities include presentations, technology demonstrations, video shows and open houses. The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is also working with a number of community colleges and other minority institutions (for example, Gulf Coast Community College, Fort Walton Beach Community College and Bethune-Cookman College) in an effort to recruit their graduates to continue studying engineering at our college. The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering held its second Industry Day in April 1997. More than 80 companies participated. There were technology demonstrations, technical presentations, roundtable discussions and lab tours. The DECM Group was actively involved in the Industry Day event to publicize the DOE/EM Dr. Massie Chairs of Excellence program.
Through technical support, education, and outreach activities, The Environmental Justice Information Center at Hampton University enables poor and minority populations to make informed and knowledgeable decisions regarding their communities and environmental issues. The Center actively seeks to involve University faculty, post-graduate, graduate, and undergraduate students in its cross-discipline environmental community-based activities.
Hampton University also participates in the WBHR-AMPS Program (Washington-Baltimore-Hampton Roads Alliance for Minority Participation) in science, engineering and mathematics which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The alliance, a multidiscipline research and training program, seeks to increase significantly the number of minority graduates in science, engineering and mathematics at member institutions.
The District of Columbia METropolitan CONsortium for Mathematics, Science and Engineering (METCON) was established in 1979 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization to provide a link between the District of Columbia Metropolitan area public school systems and the technology-oriented resources in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. METCON provides for the delivery of technical resources and information to elementary, junior high/middle and senior high schools. METCON outreach activities include curriculum enrichment presentations, engineering clubs, tutorial services, field trips, science fairs and summer programs.
The Howard University Science, Engineering and Mathematics Program (HUSEM), a multi-disciplinary effort involving eight departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences supports and prepares students for the pursuit of undergraduate of undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics degrees and the transition to graduate study.
Each year HUSEM offers select incoming science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) freshmen a four-week introductory program aimed at assisting students in their transition from high school to college (socially, culturally and academically). The program offers supplemental course instruction in mathematics and chemistry, commonly referred to as gatekeeper courses. The HUSEM Program has been successful in maintaining retention programs, such as the Pre-Freshmen Summer Program, that acclimate students to the Howard University community and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The Energy Experts Systems Institute (EESI) is a summer outreach program offered by the Center of Energy Systems and Control (CESaC), a Research Center within the Department of Electrical Engineering at Howard University. The participants are drawn from high schools within the USA and abroad. This year, 2001, is the ninth year of the program. Students are exposed to basic science and engineering courses with special applications in energy systems, hands on laboratory experience, programming languages, writing, and SAT.
Since 1998, through the Department of Civil Engineering, the University has been involved in the Summer Transportation Institute (STI) outreach program sponsored by the US Department of transportation. STI is a national program conducted by many universities, including Howard University (HU). The goal of the program is to encourage high school students to consider fields within the transportation profession and industry as they consider a college education, so that the Nation would have a steady source of prepared workers to suit the needs of all levels of government, industry and academia. The STI program of HU involves a month of activities in which 20 students selected from local high schools participate in a number of academic activities on campus, as well as in seminars sponsored by regional transportation agencies. The high school students are required to prepare group reports, make presentations, and develop a newsletter regarding their experience in the HU STI.
Morgan State University has a number of outreach programs, the largest of which is the NSF sponsored Urban Systemic Initiative, a $15M/5 year effort to systematically reform math and science education in the Baltimore City Public Schools. For many years the Massie Chair at Morgan has worked in a leadership capacity with local junior high school math teachers and students to develop school-based teams to meet in the local Mathcounts competition (Baltimore City and Baltimore County). Mathcounts is an annual competitive forum for junior high school students and is national in scope. Many alumnae and alumni of the program have entered careers in engineering, science, and mathematics. The Massie Program Chair is also a Member of Patapsco/Back River Tributary Team and involved in Fairfield Park Empowerment Zone activities.
North Carolina A&T State University is very active in outreach activities, Some of the programs offered in the past years are listed as follows:
1. The Engineer Starters Program, ESP, serves as an avenue to target specifically those underrepresented in the science, mathematics, engineering and technology fields and provide them with tools necessary for success in today’s highly technical world. It is a two-week non-residential program. It is geared to identify middle school and high school students with interests, aptitudes, and demonstrated ability in science and math and to provide them with career awareness, academic training, and motivation in all disciplines of engineering early in their careers. Activities include: mathematics, science and career exploration. Participants also encounter experiences in computer applications, computer drafting, nanotechnology, and project presentations.
2. The Engineer Starters Program Junior program is a one-week program for rising 5th and 6th graders with an interest and aptitude towards engineering.
3. The residential Summer Bridge Program is for incoming freshman engineering and computer science majors. It is conducted jointly with the Track Step Program operated through the College of Arts and Sciences. The cornerstone of the Summer Bridge Program is a pre-calculus course. The course runs concurrently with the university’s second summer school session. The College of Engineering will supply Student Supplemental Instructors to ensure the success of the participants. In addition, the participants will receive limited credit instruction in areas of the design process, computer technology, chemistry and physics. The scholars will also participate in plant tours; survival tips forums, professional development seminars, cultural events and social activities to round out the program’s schedule. All activities are geared towards providing a smooth transition from high school to North Carolina A&T State University (A&T).
4. The Higher Learning Institute is a residential and non-residential Program sponsored by the Office of Summer Sessions. The program provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to enroll in freshman level courses at North Carolina A&T State University for which there is no course prerequisite. The course credits earned will be “banked” and available for advanced placement in the student’s freshman year of college. The program is open to the student who, in the judgment of his /her principal or guidance counselor and a teacher, has the intellectual, social and emotional maturity to perform successfully in a university environment.
5. The Upward Bound Program is a year-round academic program and is designed to generate in participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a secondary education and enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Upward Bound Program has provided services to participants through a unique cooperative arrangement with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Each university alternately serves as the principle site for the summer and academic year programs giving Upward Bound participants an opportunity to experience college life in two different collegiate environments. Upward Bound services are provided in three components (1) a six-week residential program, (2) a nine-month academic year program and (3) a bridge program for Upward Bound graduates. Program services include: instruction and/or tutoring in college preparatory courses; counseling (academic, personal, and career); sponsorship of attendance to cultural activities; college visits and information on postsecondary institutions, and individualized assistance with the college and financial aid application process for seniors; contacts with public school and university personnel concerning students’ performance; career development activities to acquaint students with available career options and careers in which persons from disadvantaged backgrounds are underrepresented.
During 1997, the Program was involved with high school programs in the surrounding area in giving lectures on selected topics and participating as judges in the engineering and science projects. In addition, every summer offers the MITE program, a two week intensive college introductory session where the students are taught by university professors in basic math, chemistry, physics and computer programming. During the summer program of 1997 the Program professors and students made presentations on alternative energy sources and sponsored a contest in which the highest achieving students were given the opportunity to drive the student designed and constructed solar vehicle. In another outreach program, the Center for Radiation Studies supports students from across the nation during the summer session in working directly with professors on their research projects.
The Massie Program is looking at several programs including the use of school buses for mobile teaching facilities in rural and low income areas. At this time, discussions are underway. A significant thrust of the Institute for Sewer Rehabilitation Infrastructure program is to encourage community involvement and to develop the role of the University as a community resource. In the Institute for Sewer Rehabilitation Infrastructure, the Information Clearinghouse portion is designed to provide communities with a resource for subsurface piping planning. Also, the training portions are going to include training designed for communities. Local community representatives are included in the prospective list of members for the Scientific Advisory Committee.
Each summer, Tennessee State University (TSU) conducts "Environmental Engineering in the Hood," an intensive three (3) week summer academic workshop designed to introduce minority and female high school students to the profession of environmental engineering. TSU also sponsors an Engineering Summer Academy for children that has shown success in stirring early interest in the sciences (Article from The Tennesseean on the 1995 summer program). Other similar programs include: the Engineering Saturday Academy, the Minority Introduction to Engineering, and Young Scholar Engineering Research.
TSU Chair Program participants also tutor students at eight locations in city of Nashville. The Massie Program is also partnering with GM to improve student performance at Cockrill Elementary school and has adopted eight high schools in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In addition, duel degree programs and research partnerships are formed with Lane College, Payne College, and Fisk University, as well as six local high schools.
The School of Engineering of Turabo University operates the Science, Technology, and Engineering Preparatory (STEP) Program, a pre-college program for high school juniors and seniors. The program provides enrichment courses in math, science, computer science, engineering, and language to students with an interest in science and engineering careers. Classes meet on Saturdays during the regular academic term and Monday through Friday during the summer.
The Massie Chair Professor is a Faculty Adviser to the Tuskegee University Environmental Science & Engineering Association (TUESEA). This student- based organization is involved in raising the campus and Tuskegee community awareness on environmental issues, and on available training programs and resources for minorities in the environmental disciplines. TUESEA as an organization was formed under sponsorship by the Massie Chair Program. The Program also provides enhancement of a 3/2 undergraduate program in engineering (a transfer program where students spend first three years of pre-engineering studies in a physical science area in a liberal arts college, and then transfer to Tuskegee University to complete degree programs in engineering) with Tougaloo College, Bethune-Cookman College, and Xavier University.
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