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GlobalCUNY: The NYC Louis Stokes Alliance Model for International Research Experiences for Minority Students

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Minorities in Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Claude Brathwaite City College of the City University of New York

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Dr. Claude Brathwaite is currently the Director of Student Resources and Services at the Grove School of Engineering. He served as the Executive Director for the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (LSAMP). Claude initially attended Hostos Community College and later received his BS in Chemistry from the City College of the City University of New York and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was a Chancellor's Fellow (City University of New York) and a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (Weill Cornell Medical College-Division of Molecular Medicine). As the Executive Director of the LSAMP, he was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the NYC Louis Stokes Alliance program across the 18 member campuses of City University of New York. Claude also served as the Co-Director of the Black Studies Program at the City College and the Project Director of the City College Black Male Leadership and Mentoring Program. The Black Male Leadership and Mentoring Project (BMLMP) at the City College of New York, provides a support system during the critical stages of academic and career development.

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Julianne Vernon Vanderbilt University

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Dean Vernon works in the field of STEM educational research; some areas of focus include student retention and implementation of innovative pedagogy and technology. She is currently the Dean of Academic programs overseeing the First Year Courses, Study Abroad Programs, and International Initiatives at Vanderbilt University. She is also the executive director of a NSF INCLUDES grant, SCI-STEPS. The mission is to increase the retention of underrepresented groups in the physical sciences and engineering from college to PhD and ultimately the workforce. She received her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the City College of New York and her Doctorate degree at University of Florida in Environmental Engineering. She has over 8 years of experience developing international and national research experiences for STEM majors, as well as project management.

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International Research Experiences are increasingly seen as important components of the High Impact undergraduate activities that lead to graduation and continuation to graduate study. Partnerships have been established in Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands, Colombia, Brazil, Morocco, Japan and China. This presentation will emphasize 1) the elements of the approach and integration into the "Program" program operations, 2) participant recruitment, 3) pre-departure activities, 4) the university sites research facilities/activities, 4) major student outcomes and 5) models for campus wide participation. From 2008 - 2018 over 230 "Program" Scholars have participated in International Research Experiences in 30 different countries. During the period, a total of seventy four (74) students participated from 2008 to 2018 in programs based in Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria, fifty two (52) in the Colombia based programs, thirty one (31) in Brazil based programs and fifty (50) in Morocco.

The multi-pronged approach of the "Program" consists of 1) collaborating with existing programs within the NSF and other federal agencies, 2) working collaboratively with a core of mentors/faculty who have international collaborations, 3) working closely with Departments, Institutes and Centers at CUNY who have international agreements, significant international research focus, and 4) working collaboratively with other Alliances, all of which have some developed program activities in international research. The partnerships were formed over a ten year span with the first cohort of students participating in Sweden at KTH in 2008, followed by Colombia in 2009, Austria in 2010, the Netherlands in 2011, Brazil in 2013, Morocco in 2015, China in 2017 and Japan in 2018. Students have conducted research in the areas of Material Science, Economics, Water Quality, Environmental Science, Public Health, Biodiversity, Neuroscience, Transportation, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Ethno-Botany.

Brathwaite, C., & Vernon, J. (2019, June), GlobalCUNY: The NYC Louis Stokes Alliance Model for International Research Experiences for Minority Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32876

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