iCubed External Advisory Board

The iCubed study also benefits from the support from an External Advisory Board (EAB), which brings a wealth of experience to the project on evaluation, implementation, retention, broadening participation, and active learning techniques. The purpose of the EAB is to evaluate the project’s progress toward achieving its goals and objectives. The EAB members' first visit to UMBC took place April 11 and 12, 2012. They are meeting regularly to evaluate and to provide feedback to the management and leadership teams. In the first years of the project, the focus will be on implementation and assessment of the intervention conditions. In subsequent years, the EAB will examine how the findings are integrated and disseminated.

Willie Pearson, Jr. is a Professor of Sociology in the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Pearson’s research has centered on the career patterns of Ph.D. scientists — particularly African Americans — and human resource issues in science and engineering. He has served on numerous boards, including Chair of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering.

Daryl Chubin is founding Director of the AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity. He has extensive experience within the federal government, academe and the non-profit sector. Dr. Chubin has published eight books and numerous policy reports, articles and commentaries on issues in science policy, human resource development, program evaluation and engineering education.

Barbara Bogue is an Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and the former Director of the Women in Engineering Program at Penn State University. She is an expert on recruitment and retention of women in engineering including youth, college students, faculty and professionals. She has developed nationally implemented assessment instruments for university outreach activities, classroom climate and pre-college programming.

Robert J. Beichner is Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University and Founding Director of the STEM Education Initiative. As a member of the Physics Education R & D Group, Dr. Beichner's research focuses on increasing our understanding of student learning and the improvement of physics education. He has created a number of science educational instruments and his biggest current project is the creation and study of a classroom environment supporting interactive, collaborative learning called SCALE-UP: Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies.



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!