Advancing Diversity in STEM: Examining the Impact of a Mentoring Program on Underrepresented Student Success and Persistence (78427)

Session Information:

Monday, 25 March 2024 15:00
Session: Poster Session 1
Room: Orion Hall (5F)
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Efforts to broaden participation of low-income and underrepresented minority undergraduates in STEM fields face challenges, with data indicating that a substantial percentage (48% to 65%) initially intending to pursue science eventually switching to non-STEM majors or dropping out. To address this, the Mentored Excellence Towards Research & Industry Careers (METRIC) program was created to offer scholarships, faculty mentorship, peer support, and professional development.
This presentation aims to explore the impact of METRIC participation on student retention and performance. To achieve this, survey data were collected and analyzed using SPSS software. The METRIC program provided financial support for 39 students across 126 semesters, resulting in 51% graduating with a bachelor's degree by 2023, while 36% are anticipated to graduate within the next two years. Supported by faculty mentors, a majority (72%) engaged in research activities or STEM internships, with a notable increase to 95% among graduated METRIC scholars. Regarding soft and hard skills, over 67% of students expressed confidence in their preparedness for STEM courses, study skills, and utilizing resources. Additionally, more than 70% felt adept at problem-solving and maintaining a growth mindset. Of the five scholars who left the program, reasons included low GPA, switching majors or funding programs, and non-eligible part-time student status. Regarding career and academic goals, 87.5% expressed interest in pursuing a graduate degree, with 46% of graduates being accepted into STEM graduate programs or entering STEM industry positions. Overall, results suggest that participating in the METRIC program contributes positively to retention and performance among underrepresented students.

Gino Galvez, California State University Long Beach, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Gino Galvez is the Director of CEEE and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), California, USA.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00