Recognition of Minority Engineering Program

National Recognition

Virginia Booth Womack was selected to serve as Interim Executive Director for the National Society of Black Engineers from December 2013-August 2014 with permission from Dean Leah Jamieson. This is the second time Purdue has provided support to NSBE during transition. During the interim period, Womack led the NSBE staff to: an increase in Board of Corporate Affiliates members; the launch of new Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) camps in Chicago and Atlanta; and seeding for 2015 camps in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. New initiatives launched during Womack's term included an Algebra by 7th Grade initiative for rising 3rd graders and year-long engagement efforts to integrate SEEK rising 6th graders into existing NSBE Jr. Chapters.

Virginia Booth Womack, Director of Purdue's Minority Engineering Program, received the 2014 National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) Outstanding Minority Engineering Program Administrator Award. She was recognized at the 2014 NAMEPA National Conference in San Jose, California. The award was established to honor members who have made exceptional contributions in pre-college enrichment, recruitment, leadership, and retention. It recognizes and honors NAMEPA members for their service in college-level administration and their dedication to increasing minority participation in engineering. The award also recognized Booth Womack for inspiring others to make service a central part of their lives.

Purdue Community Award 

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the 15th Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet, the Minority Engineering Program Staff was the recipient of the 2016 Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) Engagement Award. The BGSA Engagement Award is given out annually to an organization and/or individuals who have made significant contributions to engagement, diversity, and community outreach at Purdue University. 

Research and Publications

Over the past year, our investigation into the efficacy of Academic Boot Camp titled "Can an engineering summer bridge program effectively transition underrepresented minority students leading to increased student success?" was presented at the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana by Tasha Zephirin, Dr. Darryl Dickerson, Freddy Solis, Virginia Booth Womack, and Dr. Carol Stwalley.

At the 2014 Frontiers in Education Conference in Madrid, Spain, our research on intentional embedding of non-cognitive skills into the Summer Engineering Workshops was presented: "Development of Non-Cognitive Skills in Minority Engineering Outreach Programs," authored by, Tasha Zephirin, Dr. Darryl Dickerson, Freddy Solis, and DeLean Tolbert.

Invited Lectures

Dr. Darryl Dickerson was invited to present on MEP's retention programs and their specific impact on African American engineering student persistence and performance as part of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Retention Strategic Roundtable. The presentation provided programmatic structure and metrics as a model for replication. 

Additionally, Dr. Dickerson and Virginia Booth Womack co-presented on the theme "Addressing the Challenge-Evidence Based Interventions" at the 2014 National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates National Conference in San Jose, California.

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