Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST): 2011–12 evaluation
The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Project, managed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), supports the academic and professional development of undergraduates—through scholarships, mentorships, and in-ternships—from backgrounds not typically represented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career fields. The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) administers MUST on behalf of NASA. Collectively, NASA and HCF outlined four broad goals for the MUST Project:
1. Develop science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) expertise leading to eventual degrees among groups that are currently underrepresented in the workforce, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and indi-viduals from rural and low-income communities;
2. Provide support services such as mentoring to ensure that students successfully complete their coursework and encourage degree completion;
3. Provide hands-on research experiences that broaden interests in the aerospace industry; and
4. Prepare students for careers in STEM by engaging them in holistic professional development experiences.