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Improving Student Success and Retention through a Summer Research Program for First and Second Year Students at a Minority-Serving Institution

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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Minorities in Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Minorities in Engineering

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Melissa Danforth California State University, Bakersfield

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Melissa Danforth is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CSUB. Dr. Danforth is the PI for a NSF Federal Cyber Service grant (NSF-DUE1241636) to create models for information assurance education and outreach. Dr. Danforth is the Project Director for a U.S. Department of Education grant (P031S100081) to create engineering pathways for students in the CSUB service area. She is also the co-PI for an NSF IUSE grant for STEM retention (NSF-DUE 1430398) and the co-PD for multiple U.S. Department of Education grants related to engineering education and outreach. Her research interests are focused on network and system security, particularly with respects to protecting mission-critical resources and services. She is also conducting research in applying biological concepts to cybersecurity, such as artificial immune systems.

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Charles Lam California State University, Bakersfield

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Dr. Charles C.Y. Lam is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Dr. Lam received his Ph.D. in Combinatorics and Optimization from the University of Waterloo. His research areas are in cryptography, digital watermarking, and combinatorics. He has extensive experience in curriculum assessment, undergraduate curriculum development, and student mentoring.

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The effectiveness of undergraduate research programs on retention, graduation, and intention for graduate studies has been well-documented. Most of the programs focus on the undergraduate research experience among upper level college students. In this work in progress report, we focus on an undergraduate research program focusing primarily on first and second year students. Participants’ attitude towards study in STEM, career options, and STEM awareness is measured, together with a one-year tracking in progress and retention.

Danforth, M., & Lam, C. (2017, June), Improving Student Success and Retention through a Summer Research Program for First and Second Year Students at a Minority-Serving Institution Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28495

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