June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.487.1 - 23.487.12
Engaging Community College Students in University ResearchIt is commonly agreed that the future competitiveness of the US economy will depend on itsability to attract talent and foster innovation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering andMathematics) disciplines. At the same time it is also becoming clear that this need can only bemet by attracting, educating, and retaining a larger and more diverse cohort of STEM students. Inthis regard, Community Colleges (CC), serving a disproportionate number of underrepresentedminority, female and nontraditional students, represent a pool of potential talent that, due to amisguided perception of its students as being less capable, often remains untapped.In this paper, we discuss our strategies to attract and support the academic advancement of CCstudents in the STEM fields. In particular, we discuss our NSF-sponsored Research Experiencefor Undergraduates program entitled Internships in Nanosystems Science Engineering andTechnology (INSET). Since its inception in 2002, INSET has raised the profile of CC studentresearchers at our institution, the University of California Santa Barbara, a highly ranked,research-intensive university. We argue that key components of INSET success are: 1) theinvolvement of CC faculty with a strong interest in promoting student success in all aspects ofprogram planning and execution; 2) the design of activities that provide the level of support thatstudents might need because of lack of confidence and/or unfamiliarity with a universityenvironment, while setting clear goals and high performance expectations.Additionally, the INSET program has been a successful template for the creation of other CC-university partnerships at our campus, which encourage and support the advancement of CCstudents as they transfer on to 4-year institutions in STEM fields. We conclude by offering thissuccessful model for university/community college partnerships, which can be implemented atother institutions.
Napoli, M. T., & Lubin, A., & Kramer, L., & Kuhn, J., & Arnold, N., & Aguirre, O., & Valentine, M. T. (2013, June), Engaging Community College Students in University Research Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19501
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