June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Pre-College Engineering Education
CUNY Queensborough Community College (QCC) in collaboration with College Now has developed and implemented a research outreach program for high school students as part of the CUNY STEM Research Academy. There are many benefits for high schools students who are involved in research. In addition to the skills they learn as a result of doing original research, students will augment their resume and increase their chances of being accepted to more selective colleges. In the fall, students can also enter science competitions further enhancing their college applications and the opportunity for scholarships. The program consists of two components: a spring semester foundation course where students learn about key scientific principles and how to apply scientific methods, and a hands-on summer research component where students become involved in conducting original research. The spring course is intended to provide the students with the skills they need to undertake science research projects during the summer and includes topics such as data analysis, responsible conduct of research, and the dissemination of scientific data. Fourteen students enrolled in the 2018 research course; most were female (only three males enrolled in the program), and non-minority (only three minorities). During the summer, students were engaged in conducting research under the mentorship of QCC faculty. Research projects included topics such as space weather, acoustic energy propagation, antibiotic resistance of environmental bacteria, and muon flux detection. In a post-experience survey, all students indicated that they had a positive experience and that they would “recommend the program to their friends”. All responded that they were interested in pursuing a career in science. In the fall, students were encouraged to submit their research findings to national and regional high school science competitions.
Cheung, T., & Kokkinos, D. S., & Lawrence, M., & Marchese, P. J., & Riegel, K. A., & Sideris, P., & Sullivan, R., & Svoronos, P., & Taibu, R., & Tawde, M. D. (2019, June), Board 118: The STEM Research Academy at Queensborough Community College Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32204
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