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Developing Best Practices for an Undergraduate STEM Summer Research Program in a Government Institution through a Higher Education Partnership

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Community Engagement Division Poster Session

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Community Engagement Division

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16

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23.395.1 - 23.395.16

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https://peer.asee.org/19409

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Jessica Drennan MSW Centers for Disease Control

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Jessica Drennan received a B.A. in Communication Arts from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH and a M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
She is currently an ORISE Evaluation fellow at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. From 2011 to 2012, she was the Internal Program Evaluator and Evaluation Committee chair with the LEADER Consortium, a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program in Dayton, Ohio. From 2010 to 2011, she was a Senior Research and Evaluation assistant with the Healthy & Active Communities Initiative at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. From 2009 to 2012, she was a project coordinator at the Institute of Applied Research, St. Louis, MO.
She received the Ameren UE Outstanding Practicum Student Award from Washington University and is a Maury Herbert Scholarship recipient at Washington University. She is a member of American Evaluation Association.

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Mary Y. Lanzerotti Air Force Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7802-1117

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Dr. Mary Y. Lanzerotti is an associate professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton. She is editor-in-chief of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine and an elected member of the IEEE Press Editorial Board. She has worked at Pacific Lutheran University, Harvard University Summer School, and IBM. She received an A.B. and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, an M. Phil. from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University—all in Physics. She holds permanent certifications as a Teacher of Mathematics, Teacher of Physical Science, and Teacher of Physics in the State of New Jersey for Grades P-12.

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Maggie Varga Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education

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Maggie Varga received a B.A. in Economics and Finance from University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, and an M.B.A. in business administration from the University of Dayton.
She has been the director of Program Innovation at Southwestern Ohio for Council on Higher Education (SOCHE) in Dayton since October 2011. Prior to joining SOCHE in 2011, Varga was interim coordinator at Rivers Institute at the University of Dayton. From 2009 to 2011, she was a graduate assistant at the University of Dayton Rivers Institute where she coordinated student civic engagement program to develop and lead orientation programs and the annual River Summit.

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Sean J Creighton Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education

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Dr. Sean Creighton is the executive director of SOCHE, a regional consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to educating, employing, and engaging citizens. In 2012, SOCHE received the Dayton Business Journal Non-Profit Business of the Year Award.
Dr. Creighton is an elected member of the Board of Education for the Yellow Springs Public Schools and serves on advisory committees for several local and national organizations. He has published and presented extensively on the impact of higher education, collaboration and civic engagement, and has conducted research for the Kettering Foundation on the economic and civic missions of regionally based colleges and universities.
Dr. Creighton has degrees from Marist College and New York University, and earned his Ph.D. from Antioch University. He lives in the charming village of Yellow Springs, with his wife, Leslee, and his five fun children—Liam, Maya, Quinn, Audrey, and Juliette.

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Derrick Langley Air Force Institute of Technology

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Dr. Derrick Langley is an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2003, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University in 2007, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB in 2012. His current research interests are metamaterials, microelectronics, microelectromechanical systems and nanotechnology.

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Diana Lynn Cahill Air Force Institute of Technology

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Diana Cahill earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at Wright State University. She earned her B.A. in English at Youngstown State University. She has an Ohio Teaching License for High School English.
Cahill is currently a Civilian Student Coordinator with the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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Abstract

Developing Best Practices for an Undergraduate STEM Summer Research Program in a Government Institution through a Higher Education PartnershipAbstractThe Southwestern Ohio Consortium for Higher Education (SOCHE) has managed the yearlongstudent internship program at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and otherorganizations since 1986. More recently, SOCHE began managing the AFIT Summer ResearchProgram, adding new learning opportunities to undergraduate students in the STEM disciplines.SOCHE has employed nearly 1,000 STEM students in the past 25 years. During this time, aformal assessment tool was not distributed to measure the impact of the research experience onthe students.We present a new higher education partnership launched in 2012 intended to transform theundergraduate Summer Research Program at AFIT. The project is an effort to find solutions toimprove a long-standing summer research program. A partnership among AFIT, the LEADER(Launching Equity in the Academy across the Dayton Entrepreneurial Region) Consortium, andSOCHE was established to assess the students’ experiences and to inform future experiencesbased upon the results of surveys conducted during the 2012 Program.As part of the 2012 Program, SOCHE introduced an assessment tool in an effort to betterunderstand the needs of the 49 students. SOCHE asked students to complete a pre survey whenthe program was in session (response rate: 67%) and a post survey following the program(response rate: 50%). The overarching goal is to use the tool to improve the Program. A secondgoal is to use the data to make ongoing improvements to the yearlong internship program.This paper will describe the importance of forming higher education partnerships and thenecessity that partnerships have in informing best practices in workforce development. We willprovide background on why the partnership was crucial in the assessment of the 2012 Program.Results and findings of the assessment of the 2012 Program will also be discussed.

Drennan, J., & Lanzerotti, M. Y., & Varga, M., & Creighton, S. J., & Langley, D., & Cahill, D. L. (2013, June), Developing Best Practices for an Undergraduate STEM Summer Research Program in a Government Institution through a Higher Education Partnership Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19409

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