Bronco Scholar - An Online Hub for STEM Student Research

Undergraduate research (UR) is a commonly cited best-practice for increasing participation in STEM, especially in low-income, underrepresented minority, and first-generation students. While approximately 20% of Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) students participate in UR, only .4% of undergraduate students go on to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. The small amount of published research creates the illusion that UR opportunities are rare and only the most accomplished students can participate in UR. As part of an effort to create a culture of UR at CPP, the NSF STEP team has collaborated with the University Library to establish an online repository, which provides alternative dissemination opportunities for UR.