SIUE Faculty Project to Transform the STEM Graduate Experience

SIUE Faculty Project to Transform the STEM Graduate Experience

Effective mentorship plays a pivotal role in the success of graduate students, as supportive mentorship relationships are linked to student retention, degree completion and early career success. “Transforming the STEM Graduate Experience at SIUE: Evidence-based Practices to Support and Advance Effective Mentorship,” is an interdisciplinary collaboration that has received $6,375 in Innovation and Excellence in Graduate Education (IEGE) funding. Its research team includes:

  • Carol Colaninno, PhD, research assistant professor in the SIUE STEM Center and adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Department of Anthropology
  • Adriana Martinez, PhD, associate professor in the CAS Departments of Environmental Sciences and Geography and Geographic Information Sciences
  • Rohan Benjankar, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Engineering Department of Civil Engineering
  • Alan Black, PhD, assistant professor in the CAS Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences
  • Sharon Locke, PhD, director of the SIUE STEM Center and professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences

The project’s primary goals include documenting current graduate student perceptions of mentorship experiences via focus groups, developing and implementing an evidence-based STEM faculty mentorship professional development series, and leveraging those activities to support the submission of a National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal that would provide scholarship support for SIUE graduate students. The researchers’ results will be disseminated throughout the SIUE graduate mentoring community.

Read more about this project here.

Photo: SIUE research team members (top L-R) Carol Colaninno, PhD, Adriana Martinez, PhD, (bottom L-R) Rohan Benjankar, PhD, Alan Black, PhD, and Sharon Locke, PhD.