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1. Graduation Numbers at the U of M

The number of students graduating in STEM at the U of M has increased over the course of the project (Table 1). 

Table 1: STEM degrees awarded in years 1 through 5 (Baccalaureate)

   2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12  2012-2013
U of M STEM graduates 224 251 265 270 320

2. Retention in STEM for First-time, Fulltime Freshmen at the U of M

First-time, fulltime freshmen are more likely to be retained in a STEM major since the onset of MemphiSTEM in 2008. Students are more likely to remain in a STEM major after one, two and three years and be retained or graduate after four years (Table 2). 

Table 2: Retention in STEM for first-time fulltime freshmen

Year of Matriculation Retained 1 year Retained 2 years Retained 3 years

Retained/graduated

 4 years

2007 (baseline) 272 56.3 33.1 27.9
2008 239 56.9 44.4 36.0
2009 298 60.1 42.6 36.2
2010 253 60.9 41.9 39.9
2011 259 53.3 40.2 ---
2012 168 60.1 --- ---

3. Proportion of U of M STEM Students Participating in MemphiSTEM

The percentage of students participating in MemphiSTEM increased since the onset of the project:

  • 112 (5.9%) U of M STEM students participated in the Year 1 (2008-09)
  • 226 (11.2%) U of M STEM students participated in the Year 2 (2009-10)
  • 277 (13.5%) U of M STEM students participated in the Year 3 (2010-11)
  • 349 (16.5%) of U of M STEM students participated in Year 4 (2011-12)
  • 258 (14.0%) of U of M STEM students participated in Year 5 (2012-13)

4. Retention and Performance of MemphiSTEM Students

Results from an analysis comparing MemphiSTEM students (U of M students taking part in MemphiSTEM activities) to a group of control students (U of M STEM majors not participating in MemphiSTEM activities) indicate MemphiSTEM students are more likely to be retained or graduate in a STEM major and attain a higher GPA than control students (Table 3).

 Table 3: MemphiSTEM student retention

  MemphiSTEM Students UM STEM Control Students
College of Arts and Sciences
Retention (%) 81 63
Performance (GPA) 3.00 2.77
College of Engineering
Retention (%) 87 72
Performance (GPA) 2.89 2.65

 

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MemphiSTEM Spotlight

Lorrie

"Being involved with MemphiSTEM has been a wonderful experience for me. It has helped me forge relationships with professors and other students that have been invaluable to me. MemphiSTEM has helped me become more prepared for a job after I graduate by allowing me to have a leadership position and work with teams. I can't believe how lucky I am to have been able to be involved with MemphiSTEM." - Lorrie

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