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Designing Biomedical Engineering Summer Programs for Undergraduates and High School Students: A Case Study of a Work-in-Progress

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Biomedical Division Poster Session

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24.376.1 - 24.376.4



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Catherine Langman Illinois Institute of Technology

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Catherine Langman is a graduate student and research assistant at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She holds a B.S. in applied mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as a certificate to teach secondary mathematics from the State of Illinois.

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Eric M. Brey Illinois Institute of Technology

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Professor Eric Brey is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and co-Director of Distinctive Education in the Armour College of Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Judith S. Zawojewski Illinois Institute of Technology

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Dr. Zawojewski received her B.S. Ed. from Northwestern University, M.S. Ed. from National College of Education (now National-Louis University) and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She recently retired as Associate Professor Emerita from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and in semi-retirement has joined the University of Chicago Center for Elementary Science and Mathematics Education as a Senior Curriculum Developer. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and on the Editorial Panel for Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. She has published in numerous teaching and research journals, and written books and book chapters for both mathematics and engineering educators. In addition, Dr. Zawojewski has long been active in writing curriculum related to problem solving, mathematical modeling, and performance assessment. In particular, Dr. Zawojewski is interested in the role of modeling and problem solving in developing mathematical capabilities, and in enhancing mathematics education for all students.

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Designing Biomedical Engineering Summer Programs for Undergraduates and High School Students: A Case Study of a Work-in-ProgressThis work-in-progress study focuses on the design of a collaborative biomedical engineering-themed program, in which approximately 15 undergraduate students from across the UnitedStates in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program partner with approximately32 urban high school students in a summer engineering-themed enrichment program (SummerProgram) to communicate about biomedical engineering research and to introduce them tomodeling activities. This eight-day collaborative program is imbedded within two largerprograms with separate but overlapping goals. The goal of the REU is to immerseundergraduates in biomedical engineering laboratories to conduct cutting-edge diabetes researchin an effort to influence their long-term interests in science and engineering. The goal of theSummer Program is to bring approximately 100 diverse, high-achieving, urban rising juniors andseniors to a college campus to learn a variety of STEM-oriented programming, in an effort toinfluence their long-term interests in STEM fields and education.This collaboration between the REU and Summer Program has involved communicationbetween the undergraduates to the high school students of their research and the collaborativedevelopment of activities about diabetes and related biological phenomena to present to middleschool students in the same area. As this collaboration enters its third year, the design of theweek-long program has changed to reflect feedback from both the undergraduates in the REUand the high school students in the Summer Program.This study presents an overview of the collaboration in the past two years, the redesign of theprogramming for this summer, the data sets that will be gathered before, during, and after theprogramming, and the anticipated use of the data sets.

Langman, C., & Brey, E. M., & Zawojewski, J. S. (2014, June), Designing Biomedical Engineering Summer Programs for Undergraduates and High School Students: A Case Study of a Work-in-Progress Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20267

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