September 12, 2003
Ten teams receive grants for student recruitment, retention plans
by Anne Krapfl
Ten proposals will share $29,970 in grant funding this year for projects
aimed at recruiting students to Iowa State or encouraging them to stay to
earn degrees. The grant program, now in its 10th year, is funded by the
President's Office and administered by a standing committee of the
Professional and Scientific Council.
The 10 were selected from 19 proposals submitted, requesting a total of
$71,096. The grant awards range in size from $1,400 to $5,950. Grant
recipients are required to turn in reports on specific outcomes of their
efforts. Following is a brief summary of the 10 funded proposals:
- A two-day campus visit for underrepresented (undergraduate)
students around the country to recruit them to ISU as doctoral students in
- A program to match 15 low-income, potentially college-bound
(first-generation) high school juniors with ISU student mentors from similar
backgrounds to foster connections and expand their access to higher
- A series of academic and social activities designed to link freshman
students of color with various campus resources, offices and upperclassmen
to enhance their freshman year and retain them at Iowa State. $5,000.
- A leadership development program in the College of Family and Consumer
Sciences that gives minority students lots of formal and informal
interaction with faculty, staff and graduate students in the college.
- A one-stop Web site that highlights ISU majors in the broad areas of
science, technology, engineering and math, particularly intended to recruit
high school girls to Iowa State in these areas. $2,200.
- An on-campus workshop series for high school teachers and students that
demonstrates the connections between agriculture and sciences. It uses the
example of a biosecurity threat to give participants experience in hands-on
learning and cutting-edge research. $2,000.
- Funding to bring two groups of girls (grades 6-9 and 9-12) from Des
Moines County to campus to participate in the annual "Taking the Road Less
Traveled" conference that exposes girls to careers in science, technology,
engineering and math. $1,400.
- A video and DVD that will be created and used to show high school
students the diverse career opportunities in agriculture. $1,200.
- Funding for "Learn and Earn," a summer enrichment program of the
Science Bound pre-college series for ethnic minority students that helps
with academic preparation for college. $2,000.
- A marketing program aimed at reducing high-risk alcohol use among ISU
students by providing accurate information about peer drinking and social
norms. The goal is a safer campus and more attractive college experience so
students want to remain at ISU. $3,500.
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