Professor Moldwin named Faculty Director of College of Engineering M-STEM Program

testClimate & Space professor Mark Moldwin has been named Faculty Director of University’s M-STEM Academies M-Engin component effective September 5th.

The Michigan STEM Academies Scholars Program (M-STEM) was founded at the College of Engineering by former CLaSP/NAME professor Guy Meadows (now Director of the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Tech) in 2008. The M-Engin component of the program invited 500 students to apply this year, of which 75 will enroll.

Each summer, M-STEM students come to the U-M’s North Campus to participate in a summer camp designed to lay the groundwork for academic success in the coming year. Students live together and take part in activities specific to their engineering focus.

From the M-STEM site:

“Our mission: The mission of the Michigan STEM Academies Scholars Program (M-STEM) at the University of Michigan (UM) is to strengthen and diversify the cohort of students who receive their baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with the ultimate goal of increasing the number and diversity of students who are well prepared to seek career opportunities or to pursue graduate or professional training in the STEM disciplines in the new global economy.

“Our approach: The M-STEM Academies provide an integrated, holistic co-curricular support system for students with high ability and potential in science that also possess traits, such as socioeconomic status, first generation college status, race, and gender, that suggest they are uniquely suited to collaborate across differences. M-STEM supports students in their transition from high school to college and during the first two years of college. Scholarship support is critical to enable M-STEM Scholars to fully invest their time and effort in academic pursuits.”

As Faculty Director, Professor Moldwin will set the academic direction of program. He’ll also work with his faculty colleagues in the Engineering Learning Center (ELC) to review the student applications and transcripts to help identify focal areas of summer camp activities, as well as support areas during the school year.

“We’ll see what’s most useful for students, and we’ll design summer research experiences around that information.”

Mark is also designing a methodology to assess the program’s impact on academic and post-graduate success. “This will help guide the program going forward,” he says, “and help us be more proactive in making sure students are able to stay on track.”

As Professor Moldwin teaches 100-level Engineering courses, he’ll have an opportunity to see the first cohort of M-STEM students in their first year.

“It’s a lot of fun to work with them and see what they want to do.”