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Tuesday, June 18 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Session 102: STEM Majors: Making Those First Two Years Count

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It’s no secret that the first two years of college are the most crucial for STEM degree attainment. Numerous colleges and universities and several major organizations have introduced initiatives to identify what works best in undergraduate STEM teaching, particularly during the first two years of college. Instructional techniques that show promise include discovery-based interactive and team learning rather than lectures and more of a focus on problem solving. The learning-assistant model of instruction, in which upperclassmen guide younger students; experiential learning; and a commitment to undergraduate research are other methods being introduced or widely used. In addition, because math is such a foundational STEM ability, and one that is lacking in so many high school graduates, it’s especially key to get the teaching of it right. This session will explore what strategies successfully turn two years of a STEM major into four–or more.

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Stacey M DelVecchio

Product Development & Global Technology, Caterpillar, President-Elect, Society of Women Engineers
As a manager for Caterpillar Inc., Stacey DelVecchio leads an engineering pipeline transformation project to ensure the best engineering talent is available to meet enterprise needs. She is also responsible for the engagement strategy with professional external organizations, as well... Read More →

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Phillip J. Cornwell, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Dr. Cornwell is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. As chief academic officer he is responsible for all academic programs, faculty recruitment, promotion, retention, and accreditation.  Dr. Cornwell... Read More →
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Oscar F. Porter, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), University of California
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Mitzi M. Montoya, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean, Arizona State University College of Technology and Innovation, Mesa
Mitzi M. Montoya is Vice Provost of the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus and Dean of the College of Technology & Innovation. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics and a B.S. in Applied Engineering Science, both from Michigan State University. Dr. Montoya... Read More →
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Eric Stade, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics & Director, Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Eric Stade is Professor of Mathematics and President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He grew up in New York City, and received his BA, MA, and PhD in Mathematics from Columbia University. Dr. Stade is one of the founding Directors of UC Boulder’s... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom C