June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Minorities in Engineering
22.678.1 - 22.678.8
Experiences of Scholars in the Reinvigorating Engineering and Changing History Program: A Case Study of the First Graduate Student CohortAbstract: The Reinvigorating Engineering and Changing History (REACH) Scholars Program wasdeveloped at a Midwestern University to offer domestic graduate students (including qualifiedMaster’s and direct Ph.D.s) with research experiences in engineering and with comprehensiveprofessional development experiences outside of their home departments. Informed fromresearch, the REACH program uses a multiple apprenticeship framework to recreate intellectualand psychosocial linkages between graduate students and faculty members through theimplementation of the following five tenets: intentionality; multiple relationships; collectiveresponsibility; recognition; and respect, trust, and reciprocity. Such mentoring aims to helpstudents to transition from undergraduate engineering, science, and math programs to graduateengineering programs, complement traditional experiences of graduate students, expose studentsto career opportunities in and out of academia, and make students aware of multidisciplinary andglobal opportunities available to them after graduation. The focus of this paper lies in the understanding of the experiences of fiveunderrepresented scholars in the REACH program using a case study framework. Fieldnotes ofthe REACH scholars’ activities and meetings and one-on-one interviews with REACH scholarswere the main data sources to understand scholars’ experiences in the REACH program, whichincludes their experiences of transitioning from undergraduate to graduate school, theirmentoring experiences through and outside of the REACH program, and their professionaldevelopment trajectories. Findings from our case-by-case analyses offer a unique perspective ofthe challenges in their transitioning from undergraduate programs to graduate engineeringprograms, their mentoring experiences throughout the first year of graduate school and thedifferent supports they obtained via REACH or other programs and venues. The findings of thescholars’ experiences provide direct feedback for the REACH program and also inform our nextsteps of evaluation effort. Moreover, implications from this study offer practical suggestions forthe transitioning of graduate students and the development of mentoring support for graduatestudents.
Zhu, J., & Cox, M. F., & Evangelou, D., & Lynch, C., & Fentiman, A. W., & Dunston, P. S. (2011, June), Experiences of Scholars in the Reinvigorating Engineering and Changing History Program: A Case Study of the First Graduate Student Cohort Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17959
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