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Motivating Undergraduates in Science & Technology: 2009-10 evaluation

Citation

Radford, A., Sipes, L., & Farr, B. (2010). Motivating Undergraduates in Science & Technology: 2009-10 evaluation. (Prepared under contract to The Hispanic College Fund). Berkeley, CA: MPR Associates, Inc.

Abstract

The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Project, sponsored by
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), supports the academic and
professional development of undergraduates from backgrounds not typically represented in
math, science, engineering, and technology career fields through scholarships, mentorships,
and internships. The Hispanic College Fund (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 individuals
from rural and low-income communities;
2. Provide culturally-sensitive support services such as tutoring and 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 a career in STEM by engaging them in holistic professional
development experiences.