The “Hector Seminar”: A New Enrichment Program for MINT/STEM Talents

  • Kurt A. HellerEmail author


The Hector Seminar, an initiative of the Hans-Werner and Josephine Hector Foundation, the School Authority in the Northern Badenia Regional Administration, and the University of Karlsruhe (Institute of Technology), was launched first as a pilot project in 2001. The main objective of the seminar is to support highly MINT/STEM-talented grammar school (German gymnasium) students in the area of Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, and Mannheim. In the pilot phase of the seminar was from 2001 to 2008. A project team led by the author conducted a longitudinal scientific program evaluation study. The findings confirmed clear encouragement effects of the Hector Seminar program on the STEM-related competencies and performances as well as influences on the (later) decision of what do study (degree program options). Furthermore, sustainable effects on the development of social competencies and the entire personality could be observed.


Degree Program Program Effect Pilot Phase Fluid Intelligence Mathematics Test 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLudwig Maximilians University (LMU)MunichGermany

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