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Development And Implementation Of Academic Enrichment Activities For Reu Students

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Building Diversity in Engineering Graduate Programs

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Minorities in Engineering

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14.464.1 - 14.464.22



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Ashley Johnson Georgia Institute of Technology

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Ashley Johnson is a doctoral student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She obtained her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University in 2005 and her M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2007. Her research focuses on biological signal processing of EEG and EMG in humans. Ashley is a recipient of the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, NSF STEP Fellowship and Georgia Tech Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science Fellowship. Ashley was the SURE Program Coordinator for the 2008 program.

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Jill Auerbach Georgia Institute of Technology

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Jill Auerbach is a Senior Academic Professional in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. As the Coordinator of Assessment and Student Retention in the School, she is responsible for accreditation and program review requirements and assessment of several special academic programs. In addition, Jill directs programs that promote student retention and success, especially among underrepresented, female and transfer student cohort groups. Her educational background is in the fields of Policy Analysis and Public Administration, with emphasis on research methodology.

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Adrianne Prysock Georgia Institute of Technology

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Adrianne Prysock is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Adrianne has also received Master’s degrees in the areas of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Within OMED Educational Services, Adrianne is responsible for the development and maintenance of the minority database along with data analysis and assessment. She is also responsible for OMED’s graduate student initiatives. With her personal experience as a minority student in the area of engineering, she is passionate about the success and achievement of other minorities in STEM fields. Outside of the workplace, Adrianne is an active participant in the Alumni leadership of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at the regional and national level.

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Leyla Conrad Georgia Institute of Technology

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Gary May Georgia Institute of Technology

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Development and Implementation of Academic Enrichment Activities for REU Students


The Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science (SURE) Program was established in 1992 for the purpose of increasing the number of minorities attending and successfully navigating graduate school in the fields of engineering and science. The ten-week summer research program combines laboratory experiences with a series of weekly enrichment seminars and workshops. The seminar series and workshops augment the program objective to motivate students to pursue advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering. In the last two years, the scope of the seminar/workshop series has broadened to include instruction in research skills, documentation and publication. While the seminars feature presentations by research engineers, the research skills workshops focus on instruction in three key areas: 1) communication, 2) investigation, and 3) documentation. In the second year of including research workshops, several additional components were added to the program. Components on publishing undergraduate research and a software tutorial were added to the 2007 program year activities in the area of documentation and preparation for graduate school was added as a new area. A “Research Tip of the Week” was also provided each week to compliment the key modules.

Approximately 73% of the past participants are enrolled in a graduate program of study or received a MS degree and 34% of the participants enrolled in a Ph.D. program from 1992-2005. Feedback from SURE participants is used to strengthen this successful program and increase the percentage of past participants seeking graduate education. Surveys were administered to SURE students at the beginning and conclusion of the summer experience for program assessment purposes. This paper will provide details on each seminar, showing how the additions to the research seminars increased positive ratings from student participants from the 2007 program year to the 2008 program year. By focusing on specific areas of research, providing concrete tutorials and hands-on activities to supplement the seminars, student participants increased their understanding and application of research skills, as well as their interest in attending graduate school.

Johnson, A., & Auerbach, J., & Prysock, A., & Conrad, L., & May, G. (2009, June), Development And Implementation Of Academic Enrichment Activities For Reu Students Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5378

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