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A Case Study: Undergraduate Research and Resilience in 3D

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Environmental Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Environmental Engineering

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Fethiye Ozis P.E. Northern Arizona University

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Dr. Fethiye “Faith” Ozis grew up in Isparta, Turkey. She is a lecturer in the civil and environmental engineering department at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches introduction to environmental engineering, computer aided drafting, air quality engineering and biotechnology courses since 2014. Faith holds an active research agenda related with engineering education and biotechnology advancements. She leads various faculty professional development efforts at NAU. She mentors Society of Women Engineers NAU chapter. Faith became an ASCE ExCEEd fellow in 2016, and enjoys every dimension of being an engineering educator.

Faith earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Southern California, while investigating bio-filters for air pollution control. She has a B.S. in environmental engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. After earning her graduate degree, she worked as a high school chemistry teacher then moved into administrator positions. This led to her passion in promoting and researching pathways into STEM especially for underrepresented minority groups. Faith has been nominated for Lumberjack Faculty Award in 2017.

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Sahar Razavi Northern Arizona University

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Sahar Razavi holds a PhD in Political Science from Northern Arizona University. Her training, research interests, and teaching experience span the fields of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies.

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Nihal Sarikaya Northern Arizona University Orcid 16x16

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It is well documented that undergraduate research enhances the educational experience of STEM undergraduates, and attracts and retains students by providing a pathway into their fields. The purpose of this study to analyze the impact of being involved in undergraduate environmental engineering research, in this case provided by NASA SPACE Grant. The student is living minority status in three dimensions (3D) as being a female, a first-generation college student, and a Native American studying engineering.

It is fascinating to analyze how one’s environment and experiences influence their resiliency. Data will be collected on her readiness for academic research, understanding of the research process, readiness for more demanding research, skills in academic writing, self-efficacy, ability to analyze data, skill in interpretation of results, academic performance, skill in oral presentation, clarification of career path, becoming part of the learning community, and learning ethical conduct. The case study will explore her story. What experiences shaped her determination and brought her to this level, and what benefit did she gain from NASA Space grant? The goal is that sharing her story will encourage others to believe that they can do it, too.

Additionally, the student has chosen a faculty member who also lives diversity in 4D. Does this match offer different opportunities for student growth than would be available within a more conventional mentor-mentee pairing?

Ozis, F., & Razavi, S., & Sarikaya, N. (2018, June), A Case Study: Undergraduate Research and Resilience in 3D Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29658

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