iCubed* is a unique opportunity at UMBC for eligible first year students who are pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). iCubed is a grant-funded study examining the relative effectiveness of four successful STEM student activities. The interventions represent tried and true initiatives employed by various high cost scholarship programs at UMBC.  The purpose of the study is to establish which activities are both successful and cost effective for scaling up to benefit large numbers of future first year STEM students. A total of 1,267 freshmen enrolled in iCubed@UMBC as follows:

Cohort 1 (2011-2012) - 304 participants
Cohort 2 (2012-2013) - 514 participants
Cohort 3 (2013-2014) - 449 participants
Student participants in iCubed@UMBC have received or are receiving one of five possible benefits (randomly-assigned interventions) over the fall and spring semesters of their first year at UMBC:

  • Community-based studying with other students (Team: Study Groups)
  • Direct mentoring from professors in their majors (Team: Faculty Mentoring)
  • One-on-one guidance from professional staff specific to career goals (Team: Staff Mentoring)
  • Enrollment in a special active learning math course (Team: Active Learning)
  • $50 UMBC Bookstore Certificate with access to the existing benefis and support available to all UMBC freshmen (Team: $ UMBC)

STEM Majors as defined by the iCubed project:

Biological Sciences
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Chemistry Education
Physics Education

Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Environmental Studies
Environmental Sciences
Information Systems
Business Technology Administration


* iCubed is the abbreviated project name for the "Evaluation, Integration and Institutionalization of Initiatives to Enhance STEM Student Success." The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding this important study over a five-year period beginning late Fall 2010 and we expect to invite more than 2,000 students to participate.  Dr. Philip Rous, UMBC’s Provost, is leading the study. Per the protocol, participants may opt out of the iCubed study at any time but they may not join the study after the fall semester begins. 

Questions should be directed to


Cohort 3 - Please Remember

Your input matters! Please plan to complete the very important iCubed end-of-the-year survey that is will be sent to you electronically during Summer 2014! Thank you.

Spring 2014 - Cohort 3

Team: Active Learning

If it was possible, students on this team who are taking a Spring 2014 mathematics course (MATH 150, 151, 152, 155) should have an Active Learning discussion section held in the CASTLE.

If you didn't receive a blue team t-shirt during Welcome Week, please contact Dr. Felix at to arrange to pick up your shirt.

Team: Faculty Mentoring

All iCubed Faculty Mentors will be reaching out to students during the first few weeks of the Spring 2014 semester to touch base and schedule meetings. Please check your email and respond at your earliest convenience.

Be sure to visit the iCubed Cohort 3: Faculty mentoring at:

Team: Staff Mentoring

Students on this team receive mentoring by a UMBC Professional Staff Advisor during Spring 2014. For more information, contact Ms. Michelle Bulger at or 410.455.5850.

Be sure to visit the iCubed: Mentoring by Professional Staff site at:

Team: Study Groups

Spring 2014 iCubed Study Group Orientations will be held on January 31, February 3, and February 5 during free hour. For more information and to register, please visit:

Dr. Tashauna Felix's Spring 2014 office hours will be held on Wednesdays in the dorms. For a detailed schedule, visit:

Questions should be directed to Dr. Felix at

Congratulations to Xixi Chen, the Fall 2013 iCubed Study Groups Pizza Drawing Winner. The drawing concluded the "30 day Countdown to Final Exams" to rally students to form study groups in preparation for final exams. Thank you to all students who entered the raffle and registered their study groups!

Team: $ UMBC (Green)

Reminders have been sent to students assigned to Team $ who still need to request their $50 UMBC Bookstore gift cards or pick up their ordered gift cards. Be sure to get a green team t-shirt when you visit. For information, contact Dr. Felix at


For Cohort 2 - Thank You!

Your input has been crucial! Many thanks to those of you who participated in the Focus Groups with Dr. Kathleen Dowell last fall. Also, thank you for completing the very important iCubed end-of-the-year surveys that were sent to you electronically last summer. Good luck as you continue your studies!