June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
NSF Grantees Poster Session
The focus of this poster is the educational programming associated with an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC). CISTAR, the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources, is a new NSF ERC in its second year. The center's mission is to create a transformative engineered system to convert light hydrocarbons from shale resources to chemicals and transportation fuels in smaller, modular, local, and highly networked processing plants. The center, a collaborative network of five universities, is supported by four pillars: workforce development, diversity, industry and research. This poster will outline programming and evaluation related to workforce development and diversity including an RET for high school teachers, an REU for undergraduates and a Young Scholars program for high school students. Special emphasis will be made to describe the steps taken to launch the educational programming during the first year of the center.
The overarching broader impact goal of CISTAR Workforce Development is to create a technically excellent and inclusive community of hydrocarbon systems researchers, learners, and teachers through competency-based education, best-practice mentoring, and growth in key professional skills. CISTAR aims to create an environment where people of all backgrounds are welcomed, supported, and respected.
The center engages an external evaluation team with extensive experience in evaluating STEM education programs, technology-based projects, professional development programming, and materials development projects. The evaluators administered pre and post program surveys and interviews to both participants and mentors to address the impact of the project on the participants, ask whether the goals and objectives were accomplished as planned and identify strengths and limitations of the project. These evaluation strategies will be detailed as well as modifications to programming based on the results of this assessment.
Drummond Oakes, M., & Cardella, M. E., & Sydlik, M., & Everett, K. M. (2019, June), Board 41: Developing Summer Research Programs at an NSF ERC: Activities, Assessment, and Adaptation Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32344
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