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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
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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