First-year STEM Student Development Campaign 2020
The Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience (CSIE) connects students with faculty and community projects through an interdisciplinary science curriculum. Students, working side-by-side with faculty and other community partners, learn how to engage in STEM fields and develop knowledge and skills critical for success.
The cost of a STEM education is rising, particularly textbooks and other course materials (e.g., safety goggles). This cost can be a barrier for many students as they strive to complete their degrees and prepare for the STEM workforce. The crowd-source funding initiative is designed to raise funds to ensure all students have access to STEM education by providing textbooks and other course materials critical for them to persist and succeed. We need your support to continue removing financial barriers for students interested in these critical STEM disciplines.
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CSIE courses are designed to utilize key for effective learning. For example, students immediately engage in experiential learning in introductory courses with experienced faculty. As they progress, students learn how to build teams, identify problems, design research, present and communicate methods and findings, and develop key dispositional skills (e.g., time-management). These experiences are critical to their success as students and as budding experts in a range of STEM fields.
CSIE has developed effective ways to support students, including the following:
- Offering textbooks at no cost for initial courses (introductory books for Biology and Chemistry can exceed $300 each, particularly with the additional packaged, online material!)
- Tutoring throughout students’ programs
- Providing opportunities to connect with, shadow, and work with industries and other community partners.