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.
Entering Fall 2013 freshmen began signing up as Cohort 3 participants in the iCubed study beginning with New Student Day on April 13, 2013. Eligible freshmen had from then until the start of the fall semester to enroll.
Final eligibilty to participate will be determine by the iCubed staff who will look at each enrollee's intent to declare a STEM major, placement in MATH 106 (Algebra) or higher, and the potential for receiving other structured scholarship support. Students will be contacted by email about their placement around the start of the Fall 2013 semester.
Student participants in iCubed@UMBC will receive one of five possible benefits (interventions):
STEM Majors as defined by the iCubed project:
* 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.
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For Cohort 3 - Fall 2013
Your input matters! Please plan to complete the very important iCubed beginning-of-the-year survey that is being sent to you electronically! Thank you.
Welcome to Cohort 3
Many students launched their iCubed@UMBC experience at one of the five team Welcome Week meetings held on Monday afternoon, August 26, 2013. They connected with their team members, received team shirts, had some fun as they helped to create content for an iCubed YouTube spot, and enjoyed a frosty treat. Many thanks to the many people, especially the staff volunteers recruited by UMBC Student Life, who worked together to make the team meetings successful. Team members, who can be recognized by the color of their shirts, met in the following locations:
Team: Active Learning (Blue)
With Dr. Bill LaCourse and Dr. Philip Rous in University Center, Room 115D
Team: Faculty Mentoring (Red)
With Dr. Pat McDermott and the iCubed faculty mentors in Lecture Hall 1, Room 101, near the Biological Sciences Building and the Commons
Team: Staff Mentoring (Orange)
With Staff Mentor Michelle Bulger and Dr. Janet Rutledge in Lecture Hall 4 - Academic IV Building, Room 003
Team: Study Groups (Purple)
With Dr. Tashauna Felix and special guest Dr. Freeman Hrabowski in Lecture Hall 2 - Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, Room 030
Team: $ UMBC (Green)
With iCubed Program Director Kathy Sutphin, Research Team Leader Dr. Marvin Mandell, and special guest Michele Toebbe of the UMBC Bookstore in Lecture Hall 3 - Administation Building, Room 101. SomeTeam $ students received their $50 UMBC Bookstore gift cards or signed up to using vouchers to order gift cards, which will be issued soon. For information, contact Mrs. Sutphin at email@example.com.
For Cohort 2 - Thank You!
Your input has been crucial! Thank you for completing the very important iCubed end-of-the-year surveys that were sent to you electronically over Summer 2013. Good luck as you continue your studies!