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An Approach Towards the Integration of International Research Experiences for Underrepresented Students in Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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International Research Experiences

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Claude Brathwaite City College of New York, NYC Louis Stokes Alliance

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Dr. Claude Brathwaite is currently the Project Administrator for the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (LSAMP). Claude initially attended Hostos Community College and later received his BS in Chemistry from the City College of the City University of New York and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was a Chancellor's Fellow (City University of New York) and a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (Weill Cornell Medical College-Division of Molecular Medicine). As the Project Administrator of the LSAMP, he oversees the day-to-day operation of the NYC Louis Stokes Alliance program across the 18 member campuses of City University of New York. Claude also served as the Co-Director of the Black Studies Program at the City College and the Project Director of the City College Black Male Leadership and Mentoring Program. The Black Male Leadership and Mentoring Project (BMLMP) at the City College of New York, provides a support system during the critical stages of academic and career development.

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Julianne Vernon University of Michigan

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Julianne Vernon is a Research Program Officer at the University of Michigan, the College of Literature, Science, and Arts where she is coordinating the implementation of faculty led research projects into introductory chemistry and biology lab courses. She received her bachelors of engineering in chemical engineering from the City College of New York and her doctorate degree at University of Florida in Environmental Engineering. She has experience developing international and national research experience for STEM majors.

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Our program at our institution has, since its inception in November 1992, been at the forefront of a concentrated effort to substantially increase the number of underrepresented minority students who pursue and graduate with Baccalaureate Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Since its inception in November 1992, over 14,000 baccalaureate degrees have been awarded to underrepresented minority students at our institution. Our program has been successful in establishing international collaborative partnerships in Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil, Austria, Morocco and Colombia.

The multi-pronged approach consists of 1) collaborating with existing programs within the NSF and other federal agencies, 2) working collaboratively with a core of mentors/faculty who have international collaborations, 3) working closely with Departments, Institutes and Centers at our institution who have international agreements, significant international research focus, and 4) working collaboratively with other Alliances, all of which have some developed program activities in international research.

By targeting participants of our program in our institution and nationally, the reported model will allow the United States to benefit from the local institutional and national networks of over 350 colleges and universities that comprise our program. At our institution (and nationally), our programs are well poised to participate in international programs, and for Scholars to acquire training in an international collaborative environment, thereby contributing towards the development of a globally competent scientific and engineering workforce. From 2008 - 2016 over 170 our program Scholars have participated in International Research Experiences in 24 different countries.

This paper will emphasize the elements of the approach and integration into our program operations with a focus on collaborations between our program and three universities in Sweden (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)), the Netherlands (Maastricht University) and Austria (TU- Graz and University of Graz). A total of fifty five (55) students participated from 2008 to 2016. Each collaborating site possessed unique training opportunities. At the Royal Institute of Technology the collaboration with an NSF funded IRE project, students were engaged in research primarily in the chemical engineering field. At Maastricht University, students were engaged in neuroscience anchored in one department with an on-site coordinator matriculated in a dual degree doctoral program at our institutions’ Graduate Center and Maastricht University. A multi-disciplinary approach was applied in Austria with TU-Graz hosting the engineering students and the students in the life sciences were hosted by the University of Graz.

Brathwaite, C., & Vernon, J. (2017, June), An Approach Towards the Integration of International Research Experiences for Underrepresented Students in Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27551

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