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ASPiRe, a Ten-week Summer One-to-One Mentoring Program and Its Impact on Undergraduate Student Learning and Confidence

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Multidisciplinary Learning Experiences

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Lynn Albers Hofstra University

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Dr. Lynn Albers is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering of the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science at Hofstra University. Her previous academic contribution was as one of the founding five faculty/staff at Campbell University, helping the newly formed School of Engineering grow and establish roots in the community. A proponent of Hands-On Activities in the classroom and during out-of-school time programs, she believes that they complement any teaching style thereby reaching all learning styles. She earned her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University specializing in thermal sciences where her dissertation research spanned three colleges and focused on Engineering Education. Her passions include but are not limited to Engineering Education, Energy Engineering and Conservation, and K-20 STEM Outreach.
Prior to matriculating at NCSU, she worked at the North Carolina Solar Center developing a passion for wind and solar energy research while learning renewable energy policy. She combined these passions with K-20 STEM Outreach while a National Science Foundation Fellow with the GK-12 Outreach Program at NCSU where she began Energy Clubs, an out-of-school-time program for third, fourth and fifth graders to introduce them to renewable energy.

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Edward H. Currie Hofstra University

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Edward H. Currie holds a BSEE, Masters and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Miami and is an Associate Professor in the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science where and teaches Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and serves as a Co-Director of Hofstra’s Center for Innovation.
Research interests include Additive manufacturing plastic and magnetic technology, robotic systems, color night-vision, autonomous wound closure systems, microchannel plate applications, thermal imaging, programmable systems on a chip (PSoC) and spatial laser measurement systems. His current research is focused on the development of autonomous wound closure systems based on recent advances in magnetic technology.

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David M. Rooney Hofstra University

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David Rooney is Professor of Engineering at Hofstra University, where his primary research interests are in experimental aerodynamics.

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Robyn Alma Hofstra University

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Travis Chen Shen Hofstra University

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The DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science at Hofstra University offers a 10-week summer program where students are paired with faculty to engage in a research or design project. The student is paid a weekly stipend of $400 while being mentored one-to-one by a full-time faculty member. Approximately 29 students took part in this program during the summer of 2019, culminating in a presentation to their peers and faculty mentors, and members of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the school.

It is hypothesized that the process and completion of the research or design project through the program positively impacted the students’ confidence and self-efficacy. To determine if the hypothesis is true, the students were assessed through a simple survey, the results of which are presented. In addition, two of the 29 students were asked to reflect on three areas of learning. Their responses are presented as case studies.

Albers, L., & Currie, E. H., & Rooney, D. M., & Alma, R., & Shen, T. C. (2020, June), ASPiRe, a Ten-week Summer One-to-One Mentoring Program and Its Impact on Undergraduate Student Learning and Confidence Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34170

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