The Manifestation of Social Capital Within the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Program

The Manifestation of Social Capital Within the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Program

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An inductive analytical methodological orientation was utilized within this study. The inductive segment of this study revolved around the mindset and ideas learned from the interviewing of MESA administrators and students. A clear vision was established as to how social capital can permeate the MESA program based on these interviews. However, the question remains as to how underrepresented college students can be empowered to persist on to graduation and enter STEM careers. The empowerment of students relies heavily on the involvement of institutional agents on a college campus and how these agents can mobilize resources on behalf of students. The problem that plagues underrepresented college students within STEM majors is one of ensuring that these institutional agents have strong social networks that serve as conduits to beneficial resources for minority students. As a consequence to the scope of this study, analysis of every instance of emotional connection, identity creation, and institutional agency on a college campus extends beyond the limitations of this study.For instance, a second or multi-generational college student may construct a social network of family members that ... of early application, how and when to apply for financial aid, college choice, or how to write a compelling college essay.


Title:The Manifestation of Social Capital Within the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Program
Author: David Angel Martinez
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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