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Background

Sean Harwell June 30, 2020

How First2 Got Started

First2 Network began as a pilot project in 2016. Over the first two years, Network partners piloted 2-week long internships for rural, first-generation college students attending colleges and universities in West Virginia. Activities were geared towards:

  1. Providing early exposure to STEM research to rising college freshmen
  2. Supporting student leadership and agency

After the 2-week long internship, students met throughout the academic year for:

  • STEM skills development
  • Peer mentoring
  • Student advocacy

External evaluation showed that is type of exposure had a positive impact on students’ motivation to persist in their STEM majors.

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