The National Science Foundation Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) held its annual Grantees Meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 14-16, 2012. The program included speakers from the Nationial Science Foundation, poster sessions, and breakout sessions focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education topics. Speakers included:

  • Welcoming Remarks and Meeting Information
    Katherine J. Denniston, Acting Division Director DUE
    Barbara M. Olds, Acting Deputy Assistant Director
    Steve Hale (UNH), Peter Lea (NSF), Linda Hayden (ECSU), Karen Graham (UNH)
    UNH-ECSU Poster Presentation
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    EHR Lee Zia, STEP Lead Program Director, DUE
    Daniel Udovic,
    University of Oregon, Meeting Organizer
  • Saundra McGuire
    Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching & Retention, Louisiana State University
    "Teach STEM Students How to Learn: Metacognition is the Key!!"
  • Nicole Smith
    Senior Economist, Center for Education and the Workforce Georgetown University
    "STEM - Still the driving force of American innovation"

STEP seeks to increase the number of students receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Meeting Photos

Biographies of Plenary Speakers
McGuireDr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Retention at Louisiana State University. She served as the director of LSU’s nationally recognized campus-wide learning center, The Center for Academic Success, from 1999 to 2009. Prior to joining LSU in August, 1999, McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she served as Acting Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. While at Cornell she received the highly coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. McGuire has been teaching chemistry and working in the area of learning support for over 40 years.   She has worked actively with university faculty and students to increase their understanding of the application of cognitive science and learning theory to studying science.   Her current interests include improving learning strategies used by university students, reform of pre-college science and college science teaching methods, and increasing the number of African-American students who are interested in and prepared to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She has presented her widely praised workshop, "Teaching Students How to Learn," at over 100 colleges and universities, to thousands of faculty and students from diverse economic backgrounds, at different developmental levels, and with widely varying learning styles. Both faculty and students alike have reported increased professional and academic success after implementing the strategies she presents.

In 2011 Dr. McGuire was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and received the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2010, she was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, and also became one of only seven individuals in the Nation to achieve Level Four Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification through the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA). In November 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony. Because of her civic contributions she was designated a 2003 YWCA Woman of Achievement in the City of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. McGuire received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, where she was designated a 2008 Distinguished Alumna by the Department of Chemistry. She received her Master’s degree from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise.

She is married to Dr. Stephen C. McGuire, and they are the parents of Dr. Carla McGuire Davis and Dr. Stephanie McGuire, and the grandparents of Joshua, Ruth, Daniel, and Joseph Davis.

SmithNicole Smith is a Senior Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce where she leads the Center's econometric and methodological work. Dr. Smith has developed a framework for restructuring long-term occupational and educational projections. This framework forms the underlying methodology for Help Wanted, a report that projects education demand for occupations in the U.S. economy through 2020. She is part of a team of economists working on a project to map, forecast and monitor human capital development and career pathways.

Dr. Smith was born in Trinidad and Tobago and graduated with honors in Economics and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies (U.W.I.), St. Augustine campus. She was the recipient of the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Prize for outstanding research at the Master's level at the U.W.I. and is co-recipient of the 2007 Arrow Prize for Junior Economists for educational mobility research. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Smith was a faculty member in Economics at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. Dr. Smith taught Classical and Modern Econometrics, introductory and advanced level courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics, Mathematics for Economists, and Latin American Economic Development.

Her previous macroeconomic research focused on the political economy of exchange rates and exchange rate volatility in the Commonwealth Caribbean, the motivation for her M.Sc. thesis and a joint-publication at the Inter-American Development Bank. Her current research investigates the role of education and socioeconomic factors in intergenerational mobility. She is a co-author of "The Inheritance of Educational Inequality: International Comparisons and Fifty-Year Trends," published in 2007 by the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy.


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