About STEP

Freshmen and Transitional Initiatives started in 2007 with a grant from the National Science Foundation (STEP 1A). The first programs were the Encounter Engineering bridge camp (E2) and the Introduction to Engineering freshmen class (ENGR 1050). The first bridge camp had 45 freshmen and 5 upperclassmen serving as team leaders. By 2014, Encounter Engineering had grown to 230 freshman with 80 mentors serving as team leaders, group leaders, and program leaders. E2 and ENGR 1050 have now been successfully integrated into the College of Engineering.

The second STEP grant (1B) was written to fund additional opportunities to improve student retention and graduation rates. These programs include: supplemental instruction in sophomore-level "gateway" engineering courses, a one-day version of E2 for incoming transfer students called Transfer Career Day, and expansion of the peer mentor program and leadership development. Leadership training workshops are held every spring for members of the Society of Peer Mentors, officers in CoE student organizations, and other student leaders. These hands-on workshops include topics such as teamwork, leadership styles, conflict resolution, intergenerational communication, and cultural awareness.

 

Students who participate in STEP programs are 10-14% more likely to be retained in engineering and to graduate than students who do no participate.

 

STEP retention

 

Recent Publications & Conference Presentations

  • Adrienne Steele, Warren Waggenspack, Jr., Charles Wilson IV, & Laura Ikuma. (2016.) Baton Rouge Community College/Louisiana State University: A Partnership for STEM Student Success. Proceedings from the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Charles Wilson IV, Adrienne Steele, Warren Waggenspack Jr., & James Gegenheimer. (2016). The Unsubstantiated Cutoff: Deeper Analysis of Supplemental Instruction Sessions on Engineering Courses. Proceedings from the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Charles Wilson IV,  Adrienne Steele, Warren Waggenspack Jr., & James Gegenheimer. (2016). Curiosities Regarding Exam Review Sessions at LSU’s College of Engineering. Proceedings from the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Charles Wilson IV, Adrienne Steele, Warren Waggenspack, Jr., Wei-Hsung Wang, & Linda Ramsey. (2015.) Engineering Supplemental Instruction: Impact on Sophomore Level Engineering Courses. Proceedings from the American Society for Engineering Education. Seattle, WA.
  • Sean King, Samantha Fadrigalan, Adrienne Steele, Summer Dann, & Warren Waggenspack, Jr. (2014.) Utilizing a Student Organization to Create a Self-Sustaining Mentorship Program in Engineering. Proceedings from the American Society for Engineering Education. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Summer Dann, Jo Dale Ales, Karim Elkholy, Warren Waggenspack, Jr., & Adrienne Steele. (2014.) Louisiana State University and Baton Rouge Community College: A Partnership for STEM Success. Proceedings from the American Society for Engineering Education. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Sean King, Jordan Favret, George Barney, Jabari Landry, Summer Dann, Warren Waggenspack, Jr. (2013.) Engineering Peer Mentors in Freshmen Programs. First Year Engineering Experience Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Peer Mentor Workshop, STEP PI Meeting, March 2013, Washington DC, James Parker, Heather Pickering, Summer Dann, Warren Waggenspack, Jr.

 

 

Contact us

Adrienne Steele, STEP Project Manager

Warren N. Waggenspack, Jr., STEP Prinicipal Investigator