We have secured additional funding from the Office of the Dean of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences and by the Office of the Dean of Education at Clemson University, as well as from the Clemson University Professional Internship and Co-Op (UPIC) and Creative Inquiry (CI) programs to support the research activities of SC:SUPPORTED. This additional funding, along with course-credit approval for the CI component, has allowed us to engage two graduate research assistants (GRAs), three undergraduate research interns (UPIC) and 11 undergraduate Creative Inquiry students in the research experience with the Focus Group Team.

Further support from the Office of the Dean of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences has enabled us to expand the undergraduate research team to four. Future funding from the ASPIRE grant will promote the continuation of SC:SUPPORTED and allow further expansion to the research teams as researchers matriculate outside of the project.


Recent studies suggest most students take complex, indirect paths to an engineering degree by earning credits from and moving between a diverse set of institutions. In fact, only a small percentage of students follow the traditional path of graduating from a four-year engineering program within four years after high school.

Accordingly, the SC: SUPPORTED Launch Pilot includes a clearly-defined, diverse set of institutions:

  1. All state-supported, four-year post-secondary institutions with ABET-accredited engineering programs in the state;
  2. All state-supported technical (two-year) colleges in the state;
  3. The 118 high schools in 43 districts statewide with 70% or higher poverty rate. These 43 districts are located in proximity to the I-95 corridor with a high percentage of underrepresented minorities and historically low rates of post-secondary degree completion.


  • Ikhalfani Solan

  • Stephen Mason
    Denmark Tech

  • Eliza Gallagher

  • Kris Frady

  • Brian Habing

  • M. Marcanikova

  • L.A. Dunwoody
  • J. Brisbane
  • A. Hines
  • J. Murphy



We have not added any new institutions to the SC: SUPPORTED network, but there has been increased participation and trust-building within the existing network. The data request for the pathways analysis was reviewed by the multi-institutional leadership team, and modifications were made to accommodate variations in the handling of mathematics placement, student record-keeping, and admissions data. The site coordinators for all 20 post-secondary coalition institutions then worked closely with co-PI and Technical Lead Eliza Gallagher, and with the Offices of Institutional Research and the Institutional Review 1 Boards at their own campuses to coordinate the data collection and alignment for Pathways Analysis. We also submitted a successful multi-institutional team application to attend the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) dissemination workshop in Anchorage, Alaska, in January 2018.

Eliza Gallagher

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STEM Faculty Dr. Ikhalfani Solan Professor of Mathematics
South Carolina State University
Administrator Dr. Brad Putman Associate Dean of CECAS
Coordinator of STEAM Outreach
Clemson University
Outreach Coordinator Dr. Tom Peters Executive Director
SC’s Coalition for Math & Science
Development Officer Anne Barr Director of Corporate Relations
Clemson University
Donor Organization Kathleen Owsley Executive Director
Bosch Community Fund
Superintendent Laura Hickson Superintendent
Florence District 5
Principal Tracey Campbell Coordinator, Coastal PeeDee Region
S2TEM Center
Student Maya Rucks PhD student
Engineering and Science Education
Clemson University
Student L. Armoni Dunwoody Senior, Psychology
UPIC Research intern
Clemson University
Student Darrian Wyble Sophomore, Engineering
The Citadel

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