CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Title V-STEM Outreach, Access, and Retention (SOAR) Program hosted the 2014 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Summer Seminar on Monday, May 19, on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus. The seminar topic was “Metacognition and Motivation: Advancing STEM Learning for All Students.” This interactive session addressed how educators can instill in students a desire to think critically, and how faculty can teach students how to improve their learning strategies.
This year’s presenter was Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, La. Prior to joining LSU in August 1999, she worked 11 years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. McGuire has been teaching chemistry and working in the area of learning and teaching support for more than 40 years, and has delivered keynote addresses or presented her widely-acclaimed faculty development workshops at more than 150 institutions in 38 states.
SOAR aims to support Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution by closing the educational gaps in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields with innovative services for students, faculty, and staff geared toward academic and professional success in the global community.