The Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics-Squared, for Students with Disabilities (RASEM Squared) was chosen by the Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop promotional brochures. RASEM received an award of $45,526 for this work. The proposed printed materials, to be disseminated at professional conferences and to those who have particular interest in the RDE areas of focus, will serve to introduce, expound, elaborate and inform on the work carried on by the alliances for persons with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and other programs funded by the RDE. The RDE-RAD supports efforts to increase the participation and achievement of persons with disabilities in STEM education and careers. Projects from a diversity of institutions are supported via the RDE Demonstration, Enrichment, and Information Dissemination (RDE-DEI) program track. Promising research efforts are developed further via awards under the Focused-Research Initiatives (RDE-FRI) program track.
Primarily funded by the NSF with additional state allocations, RASEM Squared is administered from the NMSU College of Engineering by Interim Associate Provost William C. McCarthy, director and principal investigator, along with Ed Misquez, associate director and co-principal investigator. As a result of its work and its 15-year relationship with the NSF, it is the most fitting organization to take on this task.
RASEM Squared is devoted to increasing the numbers of people with disabilities who chose to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM as well as high-tech professional careers. As a unique and innovative program, it has touched the lives of thousands of students with disabilities from all levels of education. Through its network of universities, schools, other educational institutions and industry, it has helped to change the attitudes of the many who still hold to the outmoded idea that people with disabilities are not up to the rigors required of STEM degrees or professions. Its example has served as a prototype for other recently funded NSF programs pursuing the same goals at the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the University of Southern Maine in Portland.