IDEAS Programs for Student Success

IDEAs Study Center

Located in Schrank Hall North 353, the IDEAs Study Center is home away from 

home for underrepresented engineering students. The center is equipped with a swipe card system, tables, chairs, computers, internets, a projector, white boards, black boards and information boards. 

IDEAs Excellence Awards

The IDEAs Excellence Awards were established by Miss Kaye Rowan in 2013 for the purpose of celebrating diversity and inclusive excellence. Two students in the IDEAs Program are honored with IDEAs Excellence Awards for their outstanding academic achievement or exceptional leadership skills and community services.  

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2013-2014 award winners: Renee Calder Calderon and Jamara Beard

2014-2015 award winners: Ana Bacco and Sophia Chichilla

2015-2016 award winner: Joshua Thomas

2016-2017 award winner: AlRitia Gore

Freshman Seminar

The IDEAs Engineering Seminar  (4100-120) is a one-credit elective course offered every spring semester. The course meets the following objectives:


  • To motivate students toward achieving academic success in the fields of engineering.
  • To facilitate interaction between students and faculty/staff in engineering.
  • To experience and enhance the culture of diversity through learning.
  • To ensure a small group structure that provides information and promotes supportive relationships.

IDEAs Workshops and Fields Trips

Various activities are designed to enhance the culture of diversity, academic success, professional development and personal development. The following events have been offered:


  • With industrial partners: Goodyear Day in the IDEAs; Dominion Day in the IDEAS; Field Trip to FirstEnergy; Field trip to NASA; etc.
  • With friends and donors: Lunch with IDEAs Advisory Council Members; Dinner with Dr. Sellers; Meet with IDEAs Alumni; Breakfast with Professional Mentors; etc.
  • Workshop on Professional Codes; Workshop on Career Development; Workshop on Interview and Resumes;
  • Welcome Back Pizza Night; Snack Breaks During Finals; NSBE and SHPE Potluck;


Undergraduate Research

The IDEAs program participants are encouraged to be involved with undergraduate research after their sophomore year. GregBrown-2016-LSCME (1)Students may publish papers with research advisors/mentors in peer-reviewed journals or present their results at conferences.

Since 1996, our undergraduate researchers have been awarded with the following research scholarships and internships:


  • Faculty Support at the College of Engineering
  • OSGC Junior or Senior Scholarships
  • NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program
  • McNair Scholarships
  • Glenn-Stokes Summer Research Scholarships
  • National Institutes of Health Summer Internship
  • Summer Research Internships
  • University of Pittsburgh – School of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  • Ohio Math and Science Alliance Summer Research Internships


Community Services

This program is designed to enhance the sense of belonging and giving back. With partnership of Akron local community, the IDEAs program offers following opportunities to all engineering students:


  • Organizing STEM workshops for middle school students
  • Hosting high school visitors
  • Becoming a tutor for high school students
  • Becoming a peer mentor/tutor for engineering students
  • Involving service-learning projects


Multicultural Student Organizations: