The Five Possible iCubed Benefits...

iCubed study participants will be randomly assigned to receive one of the project’s five benefits (interventions), which are:

Community-based Study Groups - "Study with other students in your dorm or who also commute to UMBC" 

Study groups represent a proven learning strategy that promotes a deeper understanding of concepts, increased academic achievement, and improved analytical and collaborative skills.  Students assigned to this intervention receive special support and encouragement to form, join, and sustain study groups during their freshman year.  Dr. Tashauna Felix, the study group coordinator, sponsors various events throughout the academic year to assist students in establishing study groups, identifying study group members, finding study spaces, and addressing any study group challenges.  These events help participants meet other UMBC students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.  Weekly office hours are also held to provide time for students to meet one-on-one with the study group coordinator.  Dr. Felix encourages students to “Get Smarties™“ and form study groups.  She can often be found with a basket of the wrapped candy treats and special bookmarks with her contact information: tfelix1@umbc.edu or (410) 455-3173.

Proactive Faculty Mentoring - "Direct mentoring from professors in your major"

The connection between highly accomplished faculty members in STEM disciplines and the students they mentor is a proven academic and career success strategy that is being explored in the iCubed project.  Students assigned to the Faculty Proactive Mentoring academic support initiative receive mentoring by a UMBC faculty mentor with expertise in their declared majors.  Faculty mentors hold several group mentoring sessions over the academic year to provide students with a variety of strategies for success in the major.  The academic progress of these students is monitored and students are encouraged to schedule one-on-one sessions with their mentors, as appropriate.  Faculty members, who receive administrative support from Dr. Tashauna Felix, will serveas iCubed mentor advocates for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Questions about the Proactive Faculty Mentoring intervention can be directed to tfelix1@umbc.edu or (410) 455-3173.

Staff Proactive Mentoring - "One-on-one guidance from professional staff specific to career goals"

The relationship between an experienced professional staff mentor and the STEM students she mentors is another academic success strategy that is being explored in the iCubed project. Students assigned to the Staff Proactive Mentoring academic support initiative receive support from Michelle Bulger, a professional life sciences advisor in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.  Like the faculty mentor initiative, Ms. Bulger will hold several group mentoring sessions over the academic year to provide students with a variety of strategies for academic success.  The academic progress of these students is being monitored and students are being encouraged to schedule one-on-one sessions with their staff mentor, as appropriate. Ms. Bulger’s contact information is mbulger@umbc.edu or (410) 455-5850.

Active Learning  - "Enrollment in a special active learning math course"

Active learning instruction in foundational mathematics courses is an established academic success strategy that is being explored through the iCubed project. Students assigned to the Active Learning initiative take one discussion section in the CNMS Active Science Teaching and Learning Environment (CASTLE) as part of a MATH 150, 151, 152, or 155 course.  These discussion sessions challenge students to take an active role in practicing and mastering course content to improve their overall success in other STEM coursework.  Questions about the Active Learning intervention should be directed to icubed@umbc.edu.

Treatment as Usual - "$50 UMBC Bookstore Certificate"

Students selected for the iCubed "treatment as usual" group receive a $50 gift card to the UMBC bookstore and have the opportunity to access existing UMBC programs that are available to all university freshmen. Questions about the 'Treatment as Usual" group should be directed to icubed@umbc.edu.

All iCubed participants will be asked to take an end-of-the-year survey about their first year activities at UMBC as part of the study.

Participants may opt out of the iCubed study at any time but they may not join the study after the fall semester begins. 

Advisors will help iCubed participants register for appropriate course sections in MATH 150, 151, 152, or 155 to protect the study’s integrity.

Questions should be directed to icubed@umbc.edu.

Announcements

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 tfelix1@umbc.edu 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:

http://my.umbc.edu/groups/icubedfacultymentor3

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 mbulger@umbc.edu or 410.455.5850.

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

http://my.umbc.edu/groups/icubedstaffmentor

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: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/icubedstudygroups3.

Dr. Tashauna Felix's Spring 2014 office hours will be held on Wednesdays in the dorms. For a detailed schedule, visit: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/icubedstudygroups3.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Felix at tfelix1@umbc.edu.

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 tfelix1@umbc.edu.

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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!