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Board 118: The STEM Research Academy at Queensborough Community College

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Diversity

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11

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Tak Cheung CUNY Queensborough Community College

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Tak Cheung, Ph.D., professor of physics, teaches in CUNY Queensborough Community College. He also conducts research and mentors student research projects.

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Dimitrios S. Kokkinos Queensborough Community College

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Dr. Dimitrios Kokkinos is an Associate Professor of Physics at Queensborough Community College of CUNY since 2017. He Completed his Electrical Engineering degrees (BE, ME, PhD) at CUNY and undergraduate in Physics in Europe. He worked in industry for AT&T Bell Labs and Verizon Communications for 23 years as a telecommunications engineer specialized in fiber optical system research and development. He is teaching pre-Engineering Physics courses, conducts research in fiber sensors and mentors student research projects.

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Michael Lawrence Queensborough Community College

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Michael Lawrence lectures in Internet Technology & Advanced Manufacturing and Cloud Computing at Queensborough Community College. He received his BS in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.

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Paul J. Marchese Queensborough Community College

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Kimberly Anne Riegel Queensborough Community College

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Kimberly Riegel has been an assistant professor at Queensborough since 2015. She completed her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University and undergraduate at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her research interests focus on the area of the physics of sound particularly related to noise control using computational and numerical simulations.

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Paul Sideris

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Regina Sullivan Queensborough Community College

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Paris Svoronos Queensborough Community College-CUNY

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Rex Taibu Queensborough Community College

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Dr. Rex Taibu has taught studio physics classes for several years. His teaching experience has shaped his research focus. Currently, Dr. Taibu is actively engaged in

1) promoting scientific inquiry attitudes in students through designing, implementing, and assessing innovative inquiry based physics labs.

2) conducting research regarding the role of language in conceptual understanding.

3) exploring cosmic rays (detection, data collection, and analysis).

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Mangala D. Tawde

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Abstract

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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