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Expanding Summer Research Programs at an NSF ERC: Innovation, Assessment, and Adaptation

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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NSF Grantees: REU 2

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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13

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34626

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https://peer.asee.org/34626

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Maeve Drummond Oakes Purdue University

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M. Maeve Drummond Oakes, Assistant Director of Education for CISTAR, an NSF Engineering Research Center, has more than 20 years of experience managing academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students. She has worked extensively within the academic community and with external stakeholders. She implements the educational programs for university students, high school students and teachers that are central to the Workforce Development goals for CISTAR.

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Kristin Everett Western Michigan University

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Kristin Everett is a research associate at the Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE) at Western Michigan University and conducts program evaluations and provides consulting services for education, health-care, and nonprofit organizations.

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Michael T. Harris Purdue University at West Lafayette

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Michael T. Harris is the Reilly Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Environmental and Ecological Engineering in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Harris's research is in the areas of nanomaterials, colloids and interacial phenomena, transport phenomena, particle science and technology, microwave sensing of pharmaceutical powders, solidification of drug/excipient matrices, environmental control technology, and electrodispersion precipitation processes. Prior to joining Purdue in 2002, he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is the author of 97 publications and 11 patents. At Purdue he has supervised 22 PhD students, of whom ten have been female and three have been African American. He earned his BS at Mississippi State University, and his MS and PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville -- all in chemical engineering.

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Maryanne Sydlik Western Michigan University

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Dr. Mary Anne Sydlik is a Research Emerita involved in the external evaluation of a number of federally funded projects.

Dr. Sydlik's interests are in supporting efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of undergraduate and graduate STEM students. She is or has been the lead external evaluator for a number of STEM and NSF-funded projects, including an ERC education project, an NSF TUES III, a WIDER project, an NSF EEC project through WGBH Boston, two NSF RET projects, an S-STEM project, a CPATH project, and a CCLI Phase II project. She also currently serves as the internal evaluator for WMU’s Howard Hughes Medical project, and has contributed to other current and completed evaluations of NSF-funded projects.

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Allison Godwin Purdue University at West Lafayette (COE) Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0741-3356

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Allison Godwin, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research focuses what factors influence diverse students to choose engineering and stay in engineering through their careers and how different experiences within the practice and culture of engineering foster or hinder belongingness and identity development. Dr. Godwin graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering and Science Education. Her research earned her a National Science Foundation CAREER Award focused on characterizing latent diversity, which includes diverse attitudes, mindsets, and approaches to learning, to understand engineering students’ identity development. She has won several awards for her research including the 2016 American Society of Engineering Education Educational Research and Methods Division Best Paper Award and the 2018 Benjamin J. Dasher Best Paper Award for the IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. She has also been recognized for the synergy of research and teaching as an invited participant of the 2016 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium and the Purdue University 2018 recipient of School of Engineering Education Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2018 College of Engineering Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award.

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Abstract

The focus of this poster is the educational programming associated with an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC ) Cooperative Agreement EEC-1647722 . CISTAR, the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources, is an ERC entering its third year. The center's mission is to create a transformative engineered system to convert light hydrocarbons from shale resources to chemicals and transportation fuels in smaller, modular, local, and highly networked processing plants. The center is supported by four pillars: workforce development, diversity, industry and research. The overarching broader impact goal of CISTAR Workforce Development is to create a technically excellent and inclusive community of hydrocarbon systems researchers, learners, and teachers through competency-based education, best-practice mentoring, and growth in key professional skills. CISTAR aims to create an environment where people of all backgrounds are welcomed, supported, and respected. This poster will outline programming and evaluation related to workforce development and diversity during the second year of the center including a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) for high school teachers (11 teachers) , a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) (10 students), and a Young Scholars program for high school students (13 students). The poster will also describe the educational programming developed for an additional group of REU and RET participants as part of a supplemental NSF Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) project. These students and teachers engaged in the on-campus research program with CISTAR and then served as mentors at Summer Engineering Experiences for Kids (SEEK) camps led by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The center engages an external evaluation team with extensive experience in evaluating STEM education programs, technology-based projects, professional development programming, and materials development projects. The evaluators administered pre-, mid-, and post-program surveys to both participants and mentors to address the impact of the both project on the participants, to ask whether the goals and objectives were accomplished as planned, and to identify strengths and limitations of the projects. These evaluation strategies will be detailed with special emphasis on the steps taken to modify the educational programming in response to evaluation findings from year two.

Drummond Oakes, M., & Everett, K., & Harris, M. T., & Sydlik, M., & Godwin, A. (2020, June), Expanding Summer Research Programs at an NSF ERC: Innovation, Assessment, and Adaptation Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34626

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