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Balanced Activities To Increase Student Satisfaction In A Mentored Summer Research Program

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Conference

2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Research

Tagged Division

Environmental Engineering

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

11.266.1 - 11.266.10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--480

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https://peer.asee.org/480

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Tom Langen Clarkson University

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TOM LANGEN is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biology and Psychology at Clarkson University. He has been co-director of the Clarkson REU Site Program in Environmental Science and Engineering since 2002.

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Stefan Grimberg Clarkson University

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STEFAN GRIMBERG is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University. He was co-director of the Clarkson REU Site Program in Environmental Science and Engineering 1998 - 2000, and has directed the program since 2002.

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Balanced Activities to Increase Student Satisfaction in a Mentored Summer Research Program

Introduction

Summer research programs in science and engineering are an important way for undergraduate college students to experience substantive research beyond the confines of traditional coursework. Such programs also provide an opportunity for faculty, including those at teaching – intensive institutions, to closely mentor students in research during a period when teaching and service commitments are lowest.1

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the largest sources of funding for undergraduate summer research programs in science and engineering, both through awards to individual researchers and through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program. Over 120 REU Site Programs are currently funded in engineering disciplines alone. NSF’s stated objective for the REU Site Program is to attract and retain promising undergraduates to careers in science and engineering research and education. This is to be achieved by funding programs that recruit a cohort of students to perform mentored research projects with a defined common focus on a coherent intellectual theme. Particular emphasis is placed on recruiting women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and students at academic institutions where research opportunities are limited.2

In most summer research programs, including REU Site Programs, students are expected to initiate and complete a substantive research project in a short period of time, typically 8 - 10 weeks. While the research project is a student’s principal activity in a summer program, there may be other organized activities incorporated into the program, including research seminars, skills workshops, graduate education and career mentoring activities, field trips, and social activities.3 Potential benefits of ancillary activities include (1) improved understanding of the relevance and multidisciplinary linkages of research projects; (2) improved attitude and

Langen, T., & Grimberg, S. (2006, June), Balanced Activities To Increase Student Satisfaction In A Mentored Summer Research Program Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--480

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