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February 22, 2017 | The Daily
The Daily presented a profile of the STARS program, explaining how the specialized STARS curriculum helps economically disadvantaged students successfully pursue rigorous engineering degrees. STARS will enter its fifth cohort in autumn 2017, and thanks to a grant from Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, the cohort will be double the size of previous years.
February 10, 2017 | UW Today
The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) program, which offers engineering students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds extra academic support, will receive a one-time grant of $2.2 million from the Opportunity Expansion Fund passed by the Washington Legislature and funded by Microsoft.
The 3-year grant is expected to significantly increase the number of students the program can serve during that time period. The expanded STARS initiative will offer supplemental instruction in the math, chemistry and physics courses that are part of the standard engineering curriculum, as well as culturally-aware advising, professional development and career services.
Related articles: Led by Microsoft's Brad Smith, program gives out $6M in STEM grants in Washington (Puget Sound Business Journal) | Tech, science programs at 3 Washington universities win grants (Seattle Times)
February 8, 2017 | LinkedIn
Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corporation, discusses the challenges facing the state of Washington in the drive to graduate more students with STEM degrees. One solution is the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), which provides funds for the expansion of STEM programs. STARS received a $2.2M WSOS grant to expand program capacity and boost the success of economically disadvantaged students obtaining computer science and engineering degrees.
September 9, 2016 | The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times explains how STARS has been so successful that the National Science Foundation is expanding the program. The University of Washington is part of a $5 million grant, which will make more scholarships available to the underrepresented students that STARS supports. The grant also provides funds to research ways to make the program more effective and evaluate student outcomes.
May 16, 2016 | The Trend
The UW College of Engineering's The Trend alumni newsletter spotlights the successes of the STARS program's success in fostering a community designed to increase the retention rate of students with economically- and educationally-disadvantaged backgrounds. 83% of STARS students have been retained in engineering to their sophomore year, compared to just 53% eligible but non-participating students.
February 26, 2016 | UW Trends in Higher Ed
The UW Provost's office features the STARS program that helps students adjust to the rigorous engineering curriculum by fostering a supportive community, focusing on core academics, and showcasing options and opportunities to help them choose the engineering path that is right for them.
April 22, 2015 | Seattle Times
Columnist Jerry Large talks to Eve Riskin, professor of electrical engineering, and Sonya Cunningham, who leads the STARS program, about the successes and fine-tuning in the second year of STARS. Cunningham makes sure students know how to negotiate college and fit in with the culture. And she does proactive advising to head off potential problems, partly by molding them into a supportive community. Riskin, who is also associate dean of diversity and access for UW engineering, said 11 of the 30 STARS students made the dean’s list winter quarter.
November 30, 2014 | Seattle Times
Video from a video chat about diversity in STEM and what UW and other universities are doing to help more people of color and first-generation students earn degrees in engineering. Features an adviser and a student from UW Engineering.
November 30, 2014 | The Seattle Times
In an idea borrowed from college athletics, the University of Washington boosts promising engineering students — many of them women and minorities — with an extra year of academic work.
May 8, 2013 | The National Science Foundation
"Engineering education needs to adapt to the tortoises, not just the hares," said Eve Riskin, principal investigator of STARS. "We're talking about investing an extra year in what will hopefully be a 30-year engineering career."
May 8, 2013 | GeekWire
"The first year of the program... will be used as a bridge of sorts to help the students get accustomed to the college environment before diving into the rigorous university workload. Then, they will receive extra advising and start in a regular four-year engineering program the following year."
May 8, 2013 | Seattle P-I
"Washington needs young engineers to maintain the skilled workforce essential for high-tech employers such as Boeing. The National Science Foundation awarded $970,000 to UW and $700,000 to WSU for the program. The grants are part of $10 million that the foundation, partnered with Intel and General Electric, provided to nine schools."
May 8, 2013 | The Chronicle of Higher Education
"It's the latest in a series of efforts by the federal government, universities, and businesses to tackle shortfalls in science education, which have led President Obama to set a goal of producing one million university graduates in the sciences over the next decade."
May 13, 2013 | KPLU.org
"UW Engineering Professor and Associate Dean Eve Riskin says a lot of disadvantaged students come in with no exposure to college-level academics. Many are in for a shock, which may explain why 72 percent of low-income students on Pell Grants seeking engineering degrees at UW and WSU don't get one." (1:13 audio)
May 20, 2013 | Inside Higher Education
With an eye on UC Boulder's GoldShirts success, the University of Washington and Washington State University have announced that they will be collaborating on their own respective redshirting programs.
May 21, 2013 | IEEE Spectrum
"The University of Colorado at Boulder's engineering school spearheaded the academic redshirting concept with its GoldShirt program in 2009. The five-year curriculum allows high school students to spend the first year catching up on math, science, and humanities courses before tackling undergraduate engineering courses."
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