June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
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Biological & Agricultural
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Biological Materials and Processes (BioMaP) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Experiences of undergraduate students, graduate students mentors and faculty. AbstractIn the past 30 years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of programs dedicated toinvolving engineering students in undergraduate research activities. The National ScienceFoundation (NSF) began providing financial support for such programs in 1987 through theResearch Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which was specifically designed toattract talented students into research careers in science and engineering. The BiologicalMaterials and Processes (BioMaP) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a three-year renewal REU site program funded by the NSF.The purpose of the REU program is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students toconduct hands-on research that includes two research prongs: 1) Biological Materials, and 2)Biological Processes. The overall goal of the REU BioMaP summer program is to create excitingresearch experiences at Iowa State University (ISU) for undergraduate students in “BiologicalEngineering,” specifically in the areas of Biological Materials and processes (BioMaP). Theundergraduate students (BioMaP) summer group is integrated by domestic students fromdifferent universities within United States.The research design consisted of quantitative and qualitative data from two summer cohorts in2009 and 2010. The quantitative component included pre- and post-surveys from undergraduatesparticipants. The qualitative component included three student focus groups, as well as focusgroups with graduate student mentors. Additionally, interviews with selected faculty mentorswere conducted. The pre-survey collected data such as demographic information about thestudents, including sex, race, ethnic background, and other data such as their understanding ofresearch and their familiarity with the research process (including computational research and/ orlaboratory research). The purpose of the post-survey and qualitative focus groups was to evaluatethe overall learning experience and satisfaction of the students during and after at the BioMaPsummer research program. Also, the data collected will help to improve the BioMaP summerresearch program. Findings will also address how students describe the factors that facilitate theirsuccess as engineering students.The goal of the study is to contribute to the literature about the experiences of students andfaculty who participated in the BioMaP REU summer program. Additionally, this study willbenefit not only the undergraduate students but faculty and graduate mentors as well. It willprovide information that will impact initiatives designed to assist undergraduate students inlearning more about research and graduate school. Also, the findings of this study will helpundergraduates find a pathway to their future career goals in STEM areas.
Laanan, F. S., & Narasimhan, B., & Lamm, M. H., & Lopez, C., & Jackson, D. L. (2011, June), Biological Materials and Processes (BioMaP) Research Experiences for Undergraduate Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17569
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