Engaging Students Through Research
Lamar University’s STAIRSTEP is designed to increase the number of students receiving baccalaureate degrees in Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Earth Science and Mathematics at Lamar University. This includes women and minorities who are underrepresented in Science and Technology, as well as low income and first generation college students.
The program engages and develops students through an undergraduate experience that includes research, mentoring, tutoring, outreach, support, and other activities designed to enhance the students’ learning experience. STAIRSTEP students are paid to perform research and outreach for an average of ten hours per week. STAIRSTEP students experience the thrill of discovery as they work in teams with other students and faculty who serve as mentors and role models. The teams include students from all levels, freshmen through seniors, and adopt a peer-instructional method. The students apply concepts they learn in class to their research, and their research is in turn incorporated into relevant classes. STAIRSTEP students get experience in teamwork, leadership, writing papers and making professional presentations.
Disclaimer:Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) under Award No. DUE-0757057. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
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