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CEDO Work with Michigan GEAR UP

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally funded program to increase the number of low income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.  The Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach (CEDO) is a STEM Provider for GEAR UP designated University Partners in Michigan.  CEDO’s GEAR UP STEM initiative offers workshops and educational experiences designed to boost pre-college interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.

Our objectives:

  • Increase the number of low income students who choose a STEM career, with a particular focus on engineering.
  • Provide experiences and resources to equip students and parents to successfully navigate the college planning process.
  • Identify and engage a cohort of students to participate in STEM college     
    readiness programming.

For more information, visit the MI GEAR UP website.

Invention Engine: Building GEAR UP STEM Scholars (GUSS)

The GEAR UP STEM Scholars (GUSS) cohort is currently in 12th grade and enrolled in high schools throughout Michigan.  GUSS programming focuses on STEM immersion, leadership development, and parent involvement. 

GEAR UP STEM Scholars (GUSS) Cohort Development

Starting with over 3,000 GEAR UP students in Michigan, twenty-two students successfully completed and emerged to become GEAR UP STEM Scholars (GUSS). Applicants were evaluated based on academic achievement, University partner representation, diversity of schools, gender, and equal representation from both MITE 2 programs.  As high school seniors, they are prepared to apply for college and pursue a STEM degree.

GUSS Events

GUSS Retreat 1, November 12-15, 2015:  GEAR UP STEM Scholars engaged in robust STEM activities with an emphasis on the science disciplines.  Parent workshop provided.

GUSS Retreat 2, March 17-19, 2016:  GEAR UP STEM Scholars participated in leadership training focused on becoming GEAR UP STEM Ambassadors.  Parent workshop provided.

GUSS College Tour, September 21-23, 2016:  GEAR UP STEM Scholars visited the campuses of Central Michigan University (CMU), Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Grand Valley State University (GVSU), and Michigan State University (MSU).   Students were challenged to assess their “best college fit” and were exposed to different STEM programs at each institution.

*Engineering fields that GUSS want to pursue include aerospace, software design, biomedical, mechanical, and electrical. Also of interest are applied statistics, business, and pre-medicine (survey results still forthcoming).

GUSS Parent Group

Throughout the GUSS cohort development process, parent workshops have been presented to develop parent community and to equip them to support  their students in the college planning process.  The GUSS Parent Group now functions independently with two parents serving as co-chairs.

*The GUSS Parent Group has met several times during the 2016-2017 academic year as they continue to support one another in shepherding their children to college.