New York, New York
November 1, 2019
November 1, 2019
November 30, 2019
Undergraduate research is a notable best practice for keeping engineering students on pathways that lead to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. The benefits STEM students (particularly females and underrepresented minorities) have obtained from undergraduate research experiences are well documented. The New York City College of Technology in partnership with the City College of New York have been offering a year-long research program to students who attend an institution within the City University of New York system. Since the geosciences are inherently interdisciplinary, engineers will play a pivotal role in advancing environmental solutions. Research experiences in the geosciences may, therefore, help to prepare engineering majors to think more deeply about the health and the sustainability of the environment. Outcomes from this program highlight its tremendous benefits in advancing and equipping engineering students with state-of-the-art geoscience knowledge and experience. For the nine-week summer research component of the program, participants were asked to self-report their expectations, perceptions about research, self-efficacy in research skills and processes, and their desire to pursue graduate school and research careers before and after the summer program. Data were collected via pre- and post-surveys. A total of 49 students participated in the undergraduate research program from 2014 to 2018. Descriptive statistics and paired-sample t-tests were used to analyze the responses. The results showed that by the end of the summer research experience, students reported significant learning gains in their research confidence, experience, and overall exposure to the geosciences.
Liou-Mark, J., & Li, R., & Blake, R. (2019, November), Engineering Undergraduates Involved in Geoscience Research: Exploring Gender and Minority Status Differences Paper presented at 2019 Fall Mid Atlantic States Conference, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/33804
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