Integrating Career, Global And Experiential Learning: A STEAM Case Study

  • Padmanabhan Seshaiyer George Mason University
  • Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon George Mason University


Location: Dewberry Hall

This session provides a brief case study of the design and implementation of an innovative curricular model within the College of Science that addresses gaps in workforce readiness by integrating career management, experiential learning, and global education skills. These skills are imbedded within a STEM content-specific curriculum incorporating research, oral and written communication, leadership, problem-solving, and project design, but could be replicated within other disciplines.

Author Biographies

Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, George Mason University

**4-VA Grant Recipient **

Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Science, is a tenured Professor of Mathematical Sciences at GMU and serves as the Director of COMPLETE (Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning and Educational Technology). His research interests are in the broad areas of computational mathematics, scientific computing, computational bio-mechanics and STEM education. During the last decade, Dr. Seshaiyer initiated and directed a variety of educational programs including graduate and undergraduate research, K-12 outreach, teacher professional development, and enrichment programs to foster the interest of students and teachers in STEM at all levels.

Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon, George Mason University

Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon has over twenty years of experience in program design and implementation spanning college and career readiness; post-secondary equity, access, and success; guided pathways, international recruitment, and experiential learning across K-12, nonprofit, and post-secondary settings. She was the founding director and operational designer of the Pathway to the Baccalaureate and Elevating Parents in College programs, award-winning K-16 college access models with exceptional outcomes in transfer completion for underrepresented populations in higher education. At MasonĂ¢s College of Science, Hilker-Balkissoon leads the college's efforts to create curricular, navigational, career, and global STEM pathways, building innovative institutional and community partnerships and programming to enhance equity in undergraduate and graduate STEM enrollment, completion, and career attainment.

4:15pm-5:30pm POSTER SESSION (Group A- 4:15-4:45pm)