Congratulations Dr. Mahati Kopparla and Megan Nguyen for getting their paper accepted in European Journal of Engineering Education. Undergraduate STEM retention has been a longstanding concern. Specifically, majors such as engineering have experienced a high dropout rate consistently in the past several decades. This qualitative study is aimed at understanding factors contributing to making the engineering major challenging, and individual factors that help first-year engineering students persevere in themajor. All participants were asked to complete an illustrated road map sketch of their first-year experiences as well as a semi-structured interview. The study is both innovative and provides meaningful insights!

Please join us in congratulating our team members on this incredible piece of work!