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Development of a Multidisciplinary Summer Research Program for Community College Students in Science and Engineering

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Two-Year College Division Transfer Topics Part II

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Two Year College Division

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23.421.1 - 23.421.12



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Sharnnia Artis University of California, Berkeley

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Dr. Sharnnia Artis is the Education and Outreach Director for the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, a NSF-funded Science and Technology Center at the University of California, Berkeley. She oversees programs to recruit and retain underrepresented students in science and engineering and science and also outreach to pre-college students to introduce them to the exciting career opportunities in science and engineering. Dr. Artis joined UC Berkeley in 2011 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Ohio State University. She has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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Catherine T. Amelink Virginia Tech

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Dr. Amelink is Research Analyst and Assessment Specialist in the Dean's Office, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech.

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Development of a Multidisciplinary Summer Research Program for Community College Students in Science and EngineeringCommunity colleges typically enroll a greater percentage of minority populations andoften provide a gateway to workforce development and four-year degree attainment.The aforementioned trends point to the importance of improving the matriculation andtransfer of community college students into four-year science and engineering degreeprograms, especially in the field of engineering where African Americans, Hispanics,Native Americans, and females are underrepresented. However, literature notes that itis important that community college students are exposed to coursework andexperiences that adequately prepare them for success at a four-year institution. Thispaper describes the multidisciplinary summer research program for community collegestudents in science and engineering that is offered at the University of California-Berkeley which intends to prepare selected student participants for enrollment in a four-year institution within the University of California system. This paper also describes thecomprehensive evaluation methods that were used to determine whether the summerprogram reached the intended aims and goals. Initial findings indicate that the programwas successful with preparing students to transfer to a four-year institution asacademic goals were clarified and the self-efficacy of students was improved.Discussion will focus on how the evaluation results are being used to refine theprogram for future offerings. Other institutions and programs can use the informationshared to consider how to develop similar experiences and how to assess thoseprograms for efficacy.

Artis, S., & Amelink, C. T. (2013, June), Development of a Multidisciplinary Summer Research Program for Community College Students in Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19435

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