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A Research Experience For Undergraduates Program In Nano Technology

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Using Teams, Seminars & Research Opportunities for Retention

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Women in Engineering

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11.111.1 - 11.111.17

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Carolyn Vallas University of Virginia

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Anaïs Miodek University of Virginia

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Larry Richards University of Virginia

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As previously discussed, there will be many areas targeted for change and improvement in 2006. These areas include: the accommodations and dining services; initiating the literature review process earlier to facilitate communication between the mentors and the REU participants (this will also ensure that the participants are better prepared when they arrive to start the program); monitoring the mentor-participant relationship; implementing a systematically quantitative evaluation to compliment the largely qualitative evaluation process; altering the structure of the ethics course; and providing additional explanation for various components of the program such as what the participants can expect from the faculty and graduate students, what they can gain from the Bridge presentations. In addition, the CDE will continue to track REU alumni in order to determine the longer-term benefits of the program.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers 0244436 and 0353826. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The Boeing Corporation also provided financial support for the REU program.

We’d also like to thank the staff of the Center for Diversity in Engineering and the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science for their support of and participation in the REU program. Additionally, the Center’s staff assisted in the development of this paper from abstract to final version by serving as researchers and editors. Thank you for a great team effort.

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Vallas, C., & Miodek, A., & Richards, L. (2006, June), A Research Experience For Undergraduates Program In Nano Technology Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois.

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