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QEM Workshop on Mentoring Minority Undergraduates in Engineering
Baltimore, MD • November 13–14, 2009

AGENDA....... Workshop REPORT ...... July 19, 2010 Follow-up Workshop

Workshop on Mentoring Minority Undergraduates in Engineering

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The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network received support from the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a two-day workshop focused on the mentoring and professional development of underrepresented minority Engineering students. The workshop’s goal was to increase the participants’ understanding of the roles that faculty and peer mentoring can play in enhancing the academic and professional outcomes of undergraduate engineering majors who are members of underrepresented minority groups. 

The mentoring workshop was held on November 13-14, 2009 in Baltimore, MD. The participants included 18 faculty/staff advisors and 142 engineering majors, representing 15 institutions with ABET-accredited engineering programs (seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities, five Hispanic-serving Institutions, one Other Minority Institution, and two Predominantly White Institutions). The advisors were engineering faculty or staff with interest, experience, and success in mentoring undergraduate engineering students, particularly underrepresented minorities. The November 2009 workshop provided an opportunity for undergraduate students from fifteen institutions to meet and interact with peers from across the country with similar interests and aspirations. They completed Individual Mentoring and Academic/Career Plans (IMAPs); enhanced their personal and professional skill sets; and also met outstanding mentors and professionals in a range of careers with whom they discussed pathways to academic and professional success. A summary report on the Workshop proceedings is available at the QEM website (http://qemnetwork.qem.org/qemengmentoringrpt.pdf) for downloading and use by others.

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Follow-up Workshop AGENDA

July 2010 Workshop: Faculty advisors who accompanied the students to the November Workshop have been invited to participate in a follow-up workshop on Monday, July 19, 2010, at the Hilton BWI Airport in Linthicum, MD. At this workshop, QEM will: 1) get an update on what has happened on the participating campuses related to undergraduate students in engineering since the November 2009 workshop; and 2) provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the need/recommendation for a comparable workshop focused on the mentoring of doctoral students in engineering who are members of groups underrepresented in engineering. Supporting students at this level through the receipt of a doctoral degree in engineering is clearly needed to help address the severe shortage of engineers with doctoral degrees from underrepresented groups available to join the faculty at minority and non-minority serving institutions offering degrees in engineering. NSF program directors as well as engineering faculty consultants and presenters from the November 2009 workshop also have been invited to participate in the follow-up workshop.

If you would like more information, please contact Shirley McBay, Project Director, via email at smmcbay1@qem.org or via telephone  at 202/659-1818.