The Impact of a Summer Intensive Mathematics and Chemistry Program at a Minority Serving Institution in Hawai`i

By Roberto Pelayo, Norbert Furumo, Ashlee Kalauli and Sonia Juvik.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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The Keaholoa Summer Intensive Bridge Program provides a four-week summer program for students on the big island of Hawai`i that are transitioning to STEM majors at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. This bridge program specifically aims to shorten the course pipeline for these students in chemistry and mathematics, two content areas necessary for most STEM degrees. An analysis of placement data and graduation rates for bridge program participants is given, indicating that the Keaholoa Summer Intensive Bridge Program is effective at preparing its students for their required mathematics and chemistry university courses. Additionally, the effectiveness of using local and culturally-based lessons is discussed. Based on this analysis, the authors provide recommendations for optimizing the summer bridge experience and provide a potential model for similar programs at other minority-serving institutions.

Keywords: Bridge Program, STEM Education, Minority-serving

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Volume 21, Issue 1, December 2014, pp.13-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 9, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.075MB)).

Dr. Roberto Pelayo

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, Natural Sciences Division, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, USA

Dr. Norbert Furumo

Associate Professor, Chemistry Department, Natural Sciences Division, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, USA

Ashlee Kalauli

Graduate Student, School of Education, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, USA

Dr. Sonia Juvik

Professor, Geography Department, Social Sciences Division, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, USA