George Mason Alliance Combines
Existing Programs with Innovation
to Assist Students
George Mason University's (GMU's) Alliance staff continues to complement traditional program elements with innovation in order to provide strong support for its LSAMP scholars. In addition to book stipends, peer tutoring and mentoring, a summer Bridge program, REUs, and distribution of information for summer scholarship opportunities, Mason has developed new strategies for asessing student development.
In particular, GMU created a survey instrument for measuring the summer Bridge program's value to its participants, and for soliciting information to be used in programmatic decisions. Examples include the idea of pairing and training student peer mentors and "knowledge experts" with study sessions.
Mason Alliance students also recruited and informed potential STEM majors about opportunities. They assisted other students with scholarship applications, represented the Alliance to prospective STEM majors at the Admissions Open House and in information sessions for potential engineering and computer students.
GMU Alliance students initiated their own student group on campus, joining Elizabeth City State University, whose group also started up in 2009. We look forward to hearing about group activities and ideas to share with other VA-NC Alliance partner schools!
Student Participants at GMU Internalize LSAMP Program Goals
There were 67 Level One LSAMP Program student participants during the fall 2009 semester at George Mason University. Of these 67 students, 57% earned 3.0/4.0 GPAs or better and 23% earned 3.5/4.0 GPAs. Additionally, 58% of these students have cumulative GPAs greater than 3.0/ 4.0, and 51% of the non-freshman students had improved their cumulative GPAs from the spring to hte fall semesters of 2009. Notably, three Electrical/Computer Engineering majors who earned perfect 4.00/4.00 GPAs and two (2) Computer Science majors earned 4.00 and 3.92 GPAs respectively.
All of these top performing LSAMP Program student participants had fall 2009 semester course schedules that were loaded with extremely demanding courses in mathematics, physics, computing, engineering, and the sciences.