June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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Conducting State-of the-art Research in Pavements and ConstructionMaterials in Institution with a Strong Undergraduate Education FocusThe author is teaching at Rowan University, which is primarily focused on undergraduateeducation with a small but growing M.S. program in Civil Engineering. The typical cohort of full-time funded graduate students in Civil Engineering is around 3-4 per year. In theundergraduate program, each student in the junior and senior years has to take two cliniccredits per semester. In each of these four semesters, the students work on industry or grantfunded project. The typical workload for a full-time faculty member is nine credits, whichinclude supervision three to four clinic projects, with 3-4 students in each clinic project. Thelack of doctoral program usually could be a big limitation for faculty members to attract largeresearch funding that span over 3 to 4 years. This may be due to lack of continuity of theproject between the students and the need to retrain students during the different phases of aproject. The author has received research funding that spans 3-4 years. To ensure that projectdeliverables are met and there is a continuity throughout the project the author recruitsundergraduate students in the junior year and gets them involved in the project for the nexttwo years alongside a graduate student. The undergraduate students not only assist in testing,but also in writing reports, making presentations to sponsors and writing papers in prestigiousjournals and conferences alongside graduate students. After two years, the undergraduatestudent has two years’ experience alongside the graduate student who he is or has alreadygraduated. The undergraduate student finishes his/her baccalaureate and is ready to startgraduate studies and work on the project where the previous graduate student left-off. Thisensures that the continuity is maintained and there is very little downtime when the newstudent starts as a graduate students. This paper presents the successes and challenges facingthe author with ensuring a seamless integration between the undergraduate and graduatestudent without affecting the project outcomes. This paper will help faculty members in peerinstitutions who are seeking to be active in research.
Mehta, Y. A., & Dusseau, R. A., & Ramachandran, R. P. (2013, June), Conducting State-of the-art Research in an Institution with a Strong Undergraduate Education Focus Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19340
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