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Abstract Title: STEM Ambassadors: An undergraduate-powered outreach program
Abstract: At California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), in the last five years we have reached more than 10,000 local students and teachers with an outreach program powered by CSUSM undergraduates. CSUSM's area is ethnically diverse with many potential first generation college students. The outreach program is designed to provide local youth with STEM experiences and connections to near-peer mentors who are positive role models, and, more broadly, foster university-community linkages. The undergraduate STEM Ambassadors are highly qualified and ethnically diverse undergraduate science and math majors who lead outreach activities. The program includes sustained efforts such as after school Making programs, and one-shot activities such as classroom demonstrations, STEM Cafes, and campus visits. Program outcomes include increased numbers of students applying and admitted to CSUSM STEM majors (compared to high schools without Ambassadors), and positive impacts on the Ambassadors themselves, including increased technical and leadership skills.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Edward Price
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charles De Leone, California State University San Marcos
Debbie DeRoma, California State University San Marcos
Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland