AACC Math Professor Selected for National STEM Award
7/31/2015, 8:03 a.m.
Alycia A. Marshall, Ph.D., chair of Anne Arundel Community College’s mathematics department, was chosen for a top national honor in the science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) field. INSIGHT into Diversity magazine named her one of 100 Inspiring Women in STEM in recognition of her leadership in mentoring, teaching and encouraging students to major in a STEM subject.
Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of the magazine, says the award is a tribute to 100 women whose work and achievements not only encourage others in their individual STEM fields, but also inspire a new generation of young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Using her own experience working alongside the Meyerhoff Scholars at University of Maryland Baltimore County, Marshall pursued a grant from the National Science Foundation to start an Engineering Scholars Program to provide scholarships, mentoring and support services to underrepresented students at AACC. She is now the principal investigator for that program.
At the end of the fourth year of the five-year grant, 63 students have received scholarships and 34 already have graduated and/or successfully transferred to four-year engineering programs at University of Maryland College Park, UMBC, Frostburg State University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Florida Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research
included the qualitative study of mathematically successful African American students at the community college level, which she used in helping to support AACC’s successful Math Fir³st and Accelerated Learning programs that help students move more quickly from developmental to credit math classes.
Marshall has a doctorate of philosophy in mathematics education from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Arts degree in teaching from Bowie State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the UMBC. She is also the chief executive officer of Educational Excellence LLC, a tutoring company, which provides tutoring and enrichment services to students of all ages in all subject areas in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.