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Board 122: Impact of Undergraduate Research Experiences on Diverse National and International Undergraduate Researchers

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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17

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https://peer.asee.org/29902

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Jacques C. Richard Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1358-2025

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Dr. Richard got his Ph. D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1989 & a B. S. at Boston University, 1984. He was at NASA Glenn, 1989-1995, taught at Northwestern for Fall 1995, worked at Argonne National Lab, 1996-1997, Chicago State, 1997-2002. Dr. Richard is a Sr. Lecturer & Research Associate in Aerospace Engineering @ Texas A&M since 1/03. His research is focused on computational plasma modeling using spectral and lattice Boltzmann methods for studying plasma turbulence and plasma jets. His research has also included fluid physics and electric propulsion using Lattice-Boltzmann methods, spectral element methods, Weighted Essentially Non-Oscillatory (WENO), etc.
Past research includes modeling single and multi-species plasma flows through ion thruster optics and the discharge cathode assembly; computer simulations of blood flow interacting with blood vessels; modeling ocean-air interaction; reacting flow systems; modeling jet engine turbomachinery going unstable at NASA for 6 years (received NASA Performance Cash awards). Dr. Richard is involved in many outreach activities: e.g., tutoring, mentoring, directing related grants (for example, a grant for an NSF REU site). Dr, Richard is active in professional societies (American Physical Society (APS), American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), etc.), ASEE, ASME. Dr. Richard has authored or co-authored about 25 technical articles (19 of which are refereed publications). Dr. Richard teaches courses ranging from first-year introductory engineering design, fluid mechanics, to space plasma propulsion.

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So Yoon Yoon Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-1868-1054

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So Yoon Yoon, Ph.D., is an assistant research scientist at Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI) within the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. and M.S.Ed.in Educational Psychology with the specialties in Gifted Education and Research Methods & Measurement, respectively from Purdue University. Her work centers on P-16 engineering education research, as a psychometrician, program evaluator, and institutional data analyst. She has authored/co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings and served as a reviewer of journals in engineering education, STEM education, and educational psychology, as well as an external evaluator and an advisory board member on several NSF-funded projects.

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Abstract

This paper presents analyses of the impact of different summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs on diverse students from the USA and from India. The study gathered survey data from two different REU programs in two different departments at a research university and from a college-wide and college-funded program for Indian students at the same institution. The data showed how much students’ decision about the related career goals can be impacted by summer undergraduate experiences. Whether the students are national or international was not as impactful as the experience itself. A large majority of students came to favor the graduate education and research, as desired by the common goals of the national and international REU programs. Students credited their learning new research knowledge and skills during the summer for impacting their decision-making toward graduate education and research. The students also noted that these are skills that they would not have acquired at their home institutions.

Richard, J. C., & Yoon, S. Y. (2018, June), Board 122: Impact of Undergraduate Research Experiences on Diverse National and International Undergraduate Researchers Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29902

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