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Tuesday, November 1 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Communities and Opportunities for STEM Majors: MST & PRISM at Northeastern University

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Our presentation will introduce the audience to two National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded programs at Northeastern University: Proactive Recruitment in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) and Mathematics and Science Talent (MST). Our panel includes two principal investigators, a participating student, and the external evaluator. The presentation will benefit university faculty, administrators, admissions officers, and students who are interested in strategies to engage STEM majors from traditionally underserved populations and students interested in inter-disciplinary work. Both PRISM and MST were designed to support STEM majors from recruitment to graduation through community-building, inter-disciplinary coursework, and research opportunities. While PRISM focused more broadly on students interested in pursuing STEM majors and careers, MST included students from low-income and ethnic minority backgrounds. The evaluations of both projects found that the students valued both programs and were more likely to choose and stay with a STEM major when compared to students who had not participated. While MST and PRISM required significant funding for full-scale implementation, our session will include lessons learned that can be adapted and immediately used with and without financial support. We hope that during our presentation, audience members will share their own experiences with similar initiatives and we will engage in a discussion that will benefit students from diverse backgrounds in building successful STEM careers, in college and beyond.


Meghan Broadstone

Evaluator, Evaluation Analysis Solutions, Inc.


Donald King

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director, Northeastern University, College of Science, Department of Mathematics

Diana Morel

Student, Northeastern University

Richard Porter

Professor, Northeastern University, College of Science, Department of Mathematics

Tuesday November 1, 2016 9:45am - 10:35am
Meeting Room C