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Forging a Sustainable Student Research InitiativeStudent participation in mentored research improves learning of engineering and scientificconcepts, increases interaction with faculty and industry sponsors, and provides opportunities forwork in emerging technology areas. Benefits accrue both to students who pursue a researchcareer and to those who enter applied fields by strengthening their ability to propose innovativesolutions. However, obtaining research funding is challenging in a teaching-oriented university,and in recent years, the competition has become even more intense. In some cases, externalsources, be it industry sponsors, private grantors, or governmental agencies have seen budgetsreduced while the quantity and quality of proposals have risen. Further complicating these effortsis a lack of experience on the part of most students both in identifying an appropriate statementof work, preparing a winning proposal, and performing the project successfully.This paper describes a strategy that has led to sustained funding for student research at theauthors’ institution. The approach focuses on developing advanced multidisciplinary modelingskills that are highly marketable to external entities and helpful in strengthening proposalstargeting internal sources. The key technical components are modeling skills taught in aCOMSOL-based course developed four years ago. Working with faculty, a number of studentshave been awarded research funding. On a curricular level, the course’s learning outcomes havebecome a vital contributor to both the ABET and regional accreditation processes in severalengineering programs. The paper discusses the course structure and recent experiences inobtaining awards.
Eppes, T. A., & Milanovic, I. (2015, June), Forging a Sustainable Student Research Initiative Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24125
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