Over the past 10 years, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering have developed as a national role model for the encouragement, support and growth of upper division transfer students in engineering and computer science with an emphasis on women and underrepresented minority students.
The Motivated Engineering Transfer Students (METS) Program is sponsored by a National Science Foundation (NSF) STEP grant ($2.5 million over 5 years) and an NSF S-STEM grant ($600,000 for 4 years). Women and minority students especially, who often need extra encouragement to work to their potential, receive this encouragement through the METS Scholarship Program. The program has proved extremely successful.
During the past three years of the METS program, over 50 percent of the transfer graduates have gone on to graduate school in engineering. Other students have earned an MBA or have gone on to graduate school part-time. The PI, Mary Anderson-Rowland (industrial engineering) and co-PI, Armando Rodriguez, (electrical engineering) are qualified project directors with over 75 years of combined experience working with undergraduate and graduate students.
The scholarships help to eliminate the monetary barrier and the METS Center helps to eliminate the social and cultural barrier that upper division transfer students usually face. For the current fall 2011 semester, over 245 students (mostly upper division transfers) have enrolled in our METS Center with an average usage of over 40 students per day.