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Invited UMBC Student Opportunities

STEM BUILD at UMBC is dedicated to providing a select group of first-year students (freshmen and transfer) with opportunities to help UMBC investigate ways to enhance the diversity and success of students who have the goal of pursuing baccalaureate degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

 

Eligible students who are invited to complete the application to STEM BUILD at UMBC, and who are selected and agree to participate in the initiative will be randomly assigned to one of three groups.

Group One

Students assigned to the first group will join the next Cohort of the BUILD Training Program (BTP), a comprehensive program of financial and programmatic support during the 2017-2018 academic year, beginning with the 2017 Summer Bridge. Joining the BTP requires a separate participation agreement and support may be continued into future academic years, depending on student performance and continued NIH support. Students will be asked to complete annual surveys, beginning this summer, and to take part in focus groups or interviews about their college experience.

Group Two

Students assigned to the second group will be given preferential admittance to the STEM Living and Learning Community, a campus housing area focused on first-year STEM academic success during the 2017-2018 academic year only. Students in this group will not receive any funding support but will receive non-monetary programmatic support. Students will be asked to complete annual surveys, beginning this summer, and to take part in focus groups or interviews about their college experience.

Group Three

Students assigned to the third group, the BUILD Control Group (CG) will receive one $50 UMBC incentive. As CG members, these students will provide a valuable role in the study and will be encouraged to access the many venues of support that are available to all UMBC undergraduates. Students will be asked to complete surveys, beginning this summer, and to take part in focus groups or interviews about their college experience.

The Online Application for Invited Students will be available
beginning March 2017.