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Board 200: A New Mentoring and Undergraduate Research Experience Model between REUs and RETs at the Stevens REU/RET Site Program on Sustainable Energy and Bioengineering

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2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Baltimore , Maryland

Publication Date

June 25, 2023

Start Date

June 25, 2023

End Date

June 28, 2023

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Patricia Muisener Stevens Institute of Technology

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Dr. Patricia Muisener is a Teaching Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate and Undergraduate Education in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Stevens Institute of Technology. She teaches and coordinates General Chemistry

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Pinar Akcora Stevens Institute of Technology

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Pinar Akcora received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland-College Park in 2005. She completed her post-doctoral work at Columbia University between 2005-2008. She joined University of Missouri-Columbia, Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor in 2008 and has moved to Stevens in 2010. She is the recipient of the 2010 NSF-CAREER award and has received several grants from NSF-DMR, -CMMI and ACS PRF. She currently serves as the coordinator of the Nanotechnology Graduate Program and the PI of the REU/RET Site program (2021-2023) at Stevens.

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The Stevens REU/RET Site project funded by NSF DMR program (Award #2050921) has completed its first two years and provided research and educational opportunities to both undergraduates and high school teachers. The program achieved its overarching goals with noticed improved mentoring, research experiences, and communication during the second year attributed in part to the in-person programming. The REU program aimed to create an experience that took students beyond the development of technical competence in science and engineering and provided an expertise particularly on research and innovation in various areas of energy and bioengineering. External evaluation, interviews and surveys of the REU and RET participants examined if the program goals were achieved. All teachers found the experience to be valuable and listed the people and the research environment as the two most impactful areas of the program. This paper will further discuss the specifics of this novel REU/RET program as well as the outcomes.

Muisener, P., & Akcora, P. (2023, June), Board 200: A New Mentoring and Undergraduate Research Experience Model between REUs and RETs at the Stevens REU/RET Site Program on Sustainable Energy and Bioengineering Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--42604

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