In November 2018 we launched 1st Gen Engin with a huge party! Around 125 students, alumni, staff, and faculty attended. The event opened up with an opportunity for attendees to share their stories about being a first gen. We also had good, games, and representatives there to talk about funding opportunities. The feedback from the event was very positive. Students were very eager to start building this new community!
In February 2019 we hosted a Mentoring Event where 75+ students, staff, and faculty came together to further the discussion from the launch and continue to build connections. Students were able to rotate every 20 minutes so they could talk to a wide variety of mentors. The tables had leading questions but participants were encouraged to discuss anything relevant to them and their experiences.
Ice Cream Social:
This year we welcomed all students with some ice cream and games! We met on the Grove after the first week of classes to celebrate being first gens at UM!
Graduate Student Mixers:
There are many grad student first gens on campus! We hosted two events and invited them and first gen faculty to Dominick’s and Rappourt for some free appetizers and great discussions!
Employer Events (Capital One, Harman, Gartner, Podium):
We have hosted various employers this Fall who want to recruit first gens! We plan to continue doing this in the future and have received positive feedback about these events!
1st Gen Engin Research Experience:
Dr. Sara Rampazzi, Research Investigator in CSE and First Gen Engin mentor, created the first Prospective Research Student Information and Q&A Session for the First Generation Engineering Program.
The goal of the lesson was introducing First Gen Engin undergraduate students to research, what it means to do research in a laboratory, how to search a job in research, and how to be prepared for an interview.
“Joining a research lab is incredibly helpful for building new skills and learn cutting-edge technologies, however most of the students don’t know how to do it and what it means working in research“ says Rampazzi. “As a First Generation myself, I encountered some difficulties in the beginning, so I’m trying to give the students all the information necessary, as well as the confidence that they can succeed in a research environment.”
Rampazzi’s lesson is part of a series of events focused on helping First Gen Engineer Students to be actively involved in research, and building their resume for their future career.
One of our social events this Fall was an Apple Orchard event! We traveled to the Plymouth Orchard during Fall Break and enjoyed a hay ride, walks in the orchard, and cider & donuts!
We hosted a dinner for those students that stayed in town over the holiday!