Collaborative Research: Making to Advance Knowledge, Excellence, and Recognition in STEM (MAKERS)

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The MAKERS project has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive funding under the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program. Under NSF award numbers 1644007, 1644066, 1643799, and 1643953, MAKERS will be effective beginning October 1, 2016. The NSF S-STEM program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program, and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in STEM.

Participating institutions in the MAKERS project include Auburn University, Auburn University Montgomery, Tuskegee University, Alabama A&M University, Southern Union State Community College, and Lawson State Community College, with support from Oakland University. This team of institutions will implement a collaborative S-STEM project titled "Making to Advance Knowledge, Excellence, and Recognition in STEM" (MAKERS). The MAKERS project will provide scholarships to up to 158 students majoring in the biological, physical, mathematical, geological, and computer and information sciences; engineering; and associated technology areas.

The MAKERS S-STEM model is designed to integrate STEM enrichment, research, and peripheral activities. MAKERS' hallmark intervention will be "Learning by Making," which will involve interdisciplinary Scholar clusters identifying and investigating problems affecting their local communities, and applying their STEM knowledge to "make" a product that has the potential to solve those problems.

The objectives of MAKERS are:

  1. Increase student retention and graduation rates.
  2. Prepare students with the STEM academic foundation, professional skills, and experiences needed to enter the STEM workforce or graduate school in STEM disciplines.
  3. Investigate the MAKERS model's impact on recruitment, retention, success, and graduation of students in the target population and majors.

For more information on the NSF S-STEM program, click here.

To read the Auburn University announcement from the Office of Communications & Marketing, click here.

To see the MAKERS S-STEM program flier, click here.

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