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The purpose of this study was to evaluate Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)program at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) which wassponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2011 to 2013. Selected undergraduatestudents came to Missouri S&T for an 8-week workshop to participate in research projects inadditive manufacturing. Student participants’ experiences were monitored and evaluated througha set of qualitative and quantitative measures. The quantitative data for each year was gatheredthrough a survey at the beginning of the first week and at the end of the last week to comparestudents’ interest in science and perceived enjoyment in science as well as their perceivedknowledge in the field. The survey results were further triangulated through quantitativeassessment on students’ oral presentations and written reports. Qualitative data was gatheredthrough two semi-structured interviews, administered at the beginning and the end of theprogram in each workshop. Based on the results and analysis from gathered data, our evaluationindicates that the Missouri S&T’s Additive Manufacturing REU program improved studentsinterest in science and succeeded in its goals of increasing students’ knowledge of the additivemanufacturing processes. Our results also show improvement in students’ abilities to conductindividual research projects, work in an interdisciplinary research environment, and utilizecomputer-aided tools and laboratory facilities. Some lessons learned were also discussed in thepaper.
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