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Developing a Multicampus Model for REU Sites

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Inventive Opportunities for Research and Exposure

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Environmental Engineering

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Pamela McLeod ReNUWIt at Stanford University

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Pamela McLeod is the Education and Outreach Director and Diversity and Inclusion Manager for the Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) at Stanford University. Dr. McLeod earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College. Her professional interests include engineering education, collaborative community development, science communication, and integrating inclusive practices into engineering research enterprises.

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Junko Munakata Marr Colorado School of Mines Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Munakata Marr is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. She earned her BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. Her research and teaching interests revolve primarily around microorganisms in engineered environmental systems, including biological wastewater treatment and methanogenesis from unconventional sources. She has nearly 20 years of experience in bioremediation. Other interests include sustainable water infrastructure, increasing diversity among STEM students and faculty, and sustainable community development.

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Richard G. Luthy Stanford University

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Silas H. Palmer Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

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Studies suggest Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs promote persistence in STEM fields, increased interest in graduate school, and development of identity as a researcher for REU participants. While most REU programs operate on a single campus, a growing number offer participants the opportunity to engage in research at geographically distributed campuses united around a common theme. Though logistically challenging, such a program can expand participants’ networks while maintaining a sense of cohort and community, which is important for researcher identity development. The current study investigates the outcomes of an REU Site run across four campuses within the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). Participants to date have been 69% female and 39% from historically underrepresented racial or ethnic groups. Outcomes include participant skill-building, development of researcher identity, pursuit of graduate school, and pursuit of careers in STEM. Assessments include pre- and post-surveys (quantitative and qualitative), as well as longitudinal tracking of participants (n=97 over 7 years). Assessment results suggest this multi-campus site achieves participant-level and program-level impacts commensurate with those attained by single-campus REU Sites.

McLeod, P., & Munakata Marr, J., & Luthy, R. G. (2020, June), Developing a Multicampus Model for REU Sites Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34418

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