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ASPIRE

ASPIRE’s goal is to increase the quality and quantity of African-American women who pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related advanced degrees, and fields in interdisciplinary and informatics-related areas. In addition, the goal is to provide informatics education and a research model to other historically Black colleges and universities.

ASPIRE Program

Infomatics

Informatics is the science of information: storing, organizing, retrieving, analyzing, mining and visualizing data for advancing scientific knowledge

The ASPIRE Focus

  • Improve the quality of STEM majors through innovative Interdisciplinary Informatics curriculum
  • Increase the Informatics knowledge and skills of STEM faculty
  • Increase interdisciplinary Informatics research productivity

Students may participate in the ASPIRE Peer-Facilitated Learning sessions to:

  • Guide the student through activities designed to enhance preparedness for lectures in the upcoming week
  • Provide the student with guidance that will prepare them to conceptualize new information
  • Assist the student with summarizing the major points presented in lectures and assignments
  • Model for the student how concepts are related and can be utilized to solve problems

ASPIRE Peer Facilitated Learning

Peer-guided learning or peer-led learning sessions to provide focused reinforcement on those topics identified by the instructor to promote active learning and aid students’ mastery of concepts.

The APFL program provides student teaching assistants, targeting first and second year courses.   This year the program will provide assistance to the courses previously labeled as “bottleneck” courses, ranging from Chemistry I &II, and Calculus I &II, to Programming C++, and Physics (Mechanics). ASPIRE also provides possible additional course support for other STEM courses as well.

Students may participate in the ASPIRE Peer-Facilitated Learning sessions to:

  • Guide the student through activities designed to enhance preparedness for lectures in the upcoming week
  • Provide the student with guidance that will prepare them to conceptualize new information
  • Assist the student with summarizing the major points presented in lectures and assignments
  • Model for the student how concepts are related and can be utilized to solve problems

The ASPIRE Program also offers an Informatics Forum Series for faculty members to discuss possible areas for collaborative research as a precursor to the formation of student-faculty research teams.