The RiSE (Relationships in Science Education) project, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, provides support to students studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This program, based out of Edmonds Community College, provides academic and personal support and is designed to help students succeed in their courses, assist them in earning a degree in STEM and help them achieve their academic and career goals.
On Friday April 12, 2013 I had the opportunity to have lunch with RiSE Scholars from Edmonds Community College. Scholars were from all fields of STEM and from different stages in their education (first year – graduating seniors). After briefly introducing myself and my research background scholars had the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A fashion. Student’s questions included:
- How did you choose your major and why?
- What was your biggest challenge as an undergrad?
- Did you participate in undergraduate research?
- How did you find your research opportunities?
- Did you receive any scholarships?
As a current graduate student who once attended community college, I advised RiSE Scholars to explore NSF funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs at research institutions throughout the US. I encouraged students to apply to both REU programs and scholarships early and numerously. It is a strategy that often leads to several rejection letters but also a number of successful applications.
For more information about the RiSE program at Edmonds Community College visit:
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