Benefits of summer enrichment workshops for incoming college students in stem disciplines

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Mathematics Teaching-Research Journal


It has been discovered that incoming college students need enrichment, support, and guidance in order to overcome the academic challenges ahead of them. Summer enrichment workshops certainly attempt to impact positively these students who plan to pursue programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This eventually benefits their ability to complete the programs, timely graduation, and as a result, colleges will also be able to maintain higher retention rates to accommodate growing need of skilled STEM workforce to meet the current demand of the country. This paper summarizes the details of one enrichment workshop series conducted past three summers holding three carefully planned workshops at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Laredo, Texas, thanks to the US Department of Education grant to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of a number of Hispanic and other minority students pursuing degrees in STEM fields at TAMIU.

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