Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The Re-Energize Undergraduate Research Program in the Third and Final Year
Abstract The first two years of the Re-Energize Undergraduate Research Program were presented in two previous ASEE papers at the 2016 and 2017 Annual Conferences in New Orleans, LA and in Columbus, OH. It started with the creation of a network of renewable energy education and research labs fully contained and established at each of the four participating member institutions and it evolved into a collaborative effort to share effective new green technology content. Its goal was to impart skills to faculty members of this network in order to strengthen their capacities and arm them with additional resources to support their efforts in recruiting and retaining students, and in particular, minorities and females, in STEM programs offered at their institutions. Our two-year college as part of this network worked continuously on developing and implementing new undergraduate research projects related to green technologies for the entire duration of this partnership. Our college made a commitment to 1) encourage STEM faculty to attend Re-Energize professional development opportunities to learn and include green energy educational modules into our STEM curriculum; 2) seek space to establish a "start-up green lab" on our campus with MSEIP pass through funding from the collaborating four-year institution so that faculty can conduct classroom demonstrations and students can perform undergraduate research. This initiative diversified and continued our undergraduate research program by including our Eco Centro, a community outreach center for environmental sustainability, into this program; 3) promote additional related outreach and educational efforts to support our students and encourage them to seek successful careers in STEM and green energy-related fields; and 4) participate in on-going evaluation and research efforts related to this program. Numerous reports demonstrate that undergraduate research programs at four-year institutions have been responsible for increasing retention and graduation of their students. Our previous results indicate that two-year institutions can also initiate successful programs with similar results. The paper will present in detail the conclusion of this valuable partnership between the participating institutions and their plans to continue developing new directions for undergraduate research programs that can be conducted year around. Our experience and recommendations may be used as blueprints to develop similar programs at other institutions of higher learning.
Dimitriu, D. G., & Bartels, K., & Lewis, S. F. (2018, June), Board 133: The Re-Energize Undergraduate Research Program in the Third and Final Year Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29926
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