Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) for Entrepreneurs

Building an Interdisciplinary Framework for Assessing the Impact of STEM Entrepreneurship Education Programs

Teaching entrepreneurship is an exciting but complex challenge. It requires a wide range of business skills plus the expertise to guide students to problems and solutions that could be the inspiration for a startup. In addition, educators need to support students as they grow their abilities in more abstract but still essential elements of entrepreneurship, such as working together effectively, thinking critically about their own ventures, and more.

This series is intended to help entrepreneurship educators bring these elements into the classroom in an intentional and inclusive way. We all want to see entrepreneurship evolve to be more diverse, with founders from many backgrounds who see compelling problems and new ways to solve them. Inclusive entrepreneurship education grows this pipeline, and these underlying competencies set students up for success.

Through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) workshop series, funded by the National Science Foundation, social scientists collaborated with entrepreneurship educators to bridge the gap between their areas of expertise. The resulting white papers provide research-based insights into essential elements of inclusive entrepreneurship education—as well as tools, evaluations, and classroom exercises that teachers can use to guide their students through the complex process of building a startup.

The ongoing series begins with teamwork and motivation, and over time will examine critical thinking, empathy, and problem-solving.

IUSE Workshop Series; photo of students working together, against abstract background pattern

Successful Startup Teamwork Relies on Three Communication Strategies

What makes a team function well together? Sample insights from the white paper and learn how these interrelated communication strategies create an environment that sustains collaboration and innovation.

Or download the white paper “Understanding the Science of Teamwork: Implications for Entrepreneurship Education and Practice.”


IUSE Workshop Series; photo of students working together, against abstract background pattern

Increasing Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship: Four Key Motivational Tactics

Many students have trouble seeing themselves as entrepreneurs or staying motivated during the often challenging startup process. Here are four tactics, pulled from the white paper, that you can bring straight into the classroom to help motivate students.

Or download the white paper “Theoretical Perspectives on Motivation: Implications for Entrepreneurship Education Research and Practice.”

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under IUSE Grant No. 2220329. Thank you to Penn State for their support of this series. 

Logos: U.S. National Science Foundation, Penn State College of Engineering Leonhard Center

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