June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Pre-College Engineering Education Division
As part of an outreach and diversity program to attract local area youth to engineering, VCU’s School of Engineering initiated a collaborative program called “Dean’s Early Research Experience” (DERI) with area high schools that introduced students to the exciting world of research and development. These students were placed with engineering research teams within four engineering and one computer science discipline. The program was so successful that it has doubled in size within the span of three years. The students participating are culturally diverse and include a high percentage of female students. In the program, student scholars complete a total of 60 hours of research during the summer; they continue the fellowship into the school year, completing a total of 130 hours. The experience culminates in a joint symposium where current fellows present their work in a poster session. The symposium ends with the awarding of certificates to graduates of the program and the induction of the new fellows. This program provides a unique opportunity for the high school fellows as well as the graduate mentors. In the execution of this experience, fellows gain insight into STEM research while graduate students gain valuable experience in mentoring others through a research project. This program has grown exponentially from ten applicants in its first year to 32 applicants in year three. In the paper, we will present results on the evolution of the program, program assessment, results from satisfaction and attainment surveys from student scholars and their graduate mentors, as well as discuss the effectiveness of the program in attaining diversity and recruiting excellent students to the VCU School of Engineering as well as plans for improvement of the program and its potential for growth.
Filippas, A. V., & Parker, L. M. (2017, June), High School to STEM - Dean's Early Research Initiative Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28435
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