Photo of female student uses a microscope in a science lab

Practitioner CBIs

Forty-nine stakeholder participants and six students engaged with five project staff in the 2010-2011 AccessSTEM practitioner CBIs. Counseling and advising staff represented units that included engineering, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and social science. Faculty members represented majors in materials science engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and social science. Other participants represented general campus services such as career services, veteran services, and disability support services. Three associate deans from the University of Washington College of Engineering were actively involved. Five students, who have disabilities, from AccessSTEM partner schools also participated in the practitioner CBIs: 

  • Patrick, bio-molecular design Ph.D. candidate
  • Kate, computer science Ph.D. candidate
  • Matthew, marine biology graduate student
  • Justin, chemistry undergraduate
  • Kayla, psychology undergraduate
  • Anna, information technology undergraduate

Students offered their perspective regarding how to support the success of students with disabilities and shared their experiences in postsecondary STEM programs, accommodation needs, and challenges in pursuing STEM.

Student CBIs 

Twenty students with disabilities at partner institutions participated in three AccessSTEM student CBIs. Their interests included careers in marine biology, genomics, aeronautical engineering, oncology, information security and policy analysts, circuit design, computational electromagnetics, biomedical and biological research, engineering, medicine, scientific writing and teaching, computer programming, and forensics.