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Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE)

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2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference


Crystal City, Virginia

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April 29, 2018

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April 29, 2018

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May 2, 2018

Conference Session

Undergraduate Track - Technical Session VII

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Diversity and Undergraduate Education

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Ana M. Dison University of Texas, Austin

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Ana Dison is the Assistant Director in the Women in Engineering Program and coordinates all current student programming including the First Year Initiative, Kinsolving Learning Community, Leadership Seminar, Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE) research program, the Peer Assistance Leader (PAL) program and the Women In the Second year of Engineering (WISE) program. She typically teaches 3-4 classes a semester and is currently teaching in the newly created Ramshorn Scholars Program, the WEP Leadership Seminar and the GLUE undergraduate research seminar. Ana supervises full and part-time staff and oversees the business and personnel operations of the office. She has been with the WEP Office since 2006.

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Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE) is a retention and career development program developed and managed by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) with the assistance of Dr. Kerry Kinney. Primary coordination of the program is performed by Ana Dison, Assistant Director for the Women in Engineering Program.

GLUE is designed to address factors that cause undergraduate attrition and low rates of perseverance to graduate school. Through the mentoring of a mid-level undergraduate by a graduate student in the same major, GLUE aims to increase the number of female students participating in undergraduate research, to increase the number of females pursuing graduate degrees in engineering or research careers in industry, and to increase the number of graduate students mentoring undergraduate students in engineering. The undergraduate student earns credit for working on various research projects for the graduate student for approximately three to five hours per week. The graduate student gains valuable experience teaching and mentoring the undergraduate student and learning delegation, project management and communication skills necessary in a team work environment. Dr. Kinney, the co-instructor for the weekly mentee seminar, developed the concept for GLUE while a doctoral student at the University of California. GLUE was initiated in 2003.

Through GLUE, undergraduate students assist with research projects and participate in a weekly seminar class where students share their research experiences, learn about research options in industry and academia, hear from panels of graduate students and engineers, and learn about graduate school and other undergraduate research options. Graduate students participate in career development workshops and gain mentoring, project management and teaching experience. WEP targets 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate female engineering students as mentees; however the program is open to all engineering students.

Dison, A. M. (2018, April), Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE) Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia.

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