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Benefits of One-on-One Resume Advising for Undergraduate Engineering Students Participating in a Summer Research Program

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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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Student Division Early Introduction to Engineering Technical Session

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Candyce Hill Michigan State University

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Candyce is a graduate assistant for Undergraduate Research in the Provost's Office and a student assistant in the College of Engineering Dean;s Office at Michigan State University (MSU). She is a second year student in the Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration program at MSU. She holds a Bachelor's degree in History and Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan (U of M). Before coming to MSU, Candyce worked as a teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then as a career adviser at U of M.

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Katy Luchini-Colbry Michigan State University

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Katy Luchini-Colbry is the Director for Graduate Initiatives at the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, where she completed degrees in political theory and computer science. A recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, she earned Ph.D. and M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed works related to her interests in educational technology and enhancing undergraduate education through hands-on learning. Luchini-Colbry is also the Director of the Engineering Futures Program of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, which provides interactive seminars on interpersonal communications and problem solving skills for engineering students across the U.S.

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Whether they choose to pursue graduate school or employment, many students entering their senior year of college are faced with completing applications for post-graduation experiences. An essential component of any application is a student’s resume. In an effort to support students in creating strong resumes we developed a professional development seminar and a one on one advising intervention for undergraduates participating in a ten-week engineering summer research program. All twenty-six rising seniors who submitted a resume as part of their application to the 2016 summer program were included in this study. Initial resumes were scored using a five-point scale and the thirteen students with the lowest scores were invited to a thirty-minute one on one advising session. Of these thirteen students, eleven chose to participate. During the resume advising session students were provided with customized advice addressing particular points on their resumes and given an opportunity to ask questions. All students in the summer research program then engaged in a ninety-minute professional development seminar focused on creating effective academic resumes. After the seminar students were required to submit a new version of their resume. All new resumes were rescored using the same five-point scale. Resumes from students who participated in one on one advising sessions were then compared to resumes from students who did not receive individual advising. The results showed improved resume scores for the majority of students, both those who received individual advising and those who did not. However, four students, none of whom received individual advising, did not improve their resume scores. Interestingly, all students who engaged in one on one advising and submitted new versions of their resumes showed improvement.

Hill, C., & Luchini-Colbry, K. (2017, June), Benefits of One-on-One Resume Advising for Undergraduate Engineering Students Participating in a Summer Research Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27654

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