June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Minorities in Engineering
24.744.1 - 24.744.12
Influence of NSF Funded Undergraduate Research Assistantships on Minority StudentsNadir Yilmaz*, Francisco M. Vigil, Miquela Trujillo, Kyle Benalil, Isabella Acevedo-RodriguezDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, NM, USA *Tel: 575-835-5304 E-Mail: email@example.comABSTRACTIn the last 15 years, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) made major stridesto increase enrollment of minority students. As a result of these efforts to achieve the status ofbeing a Hispanic Serving Institution, changes were made to the curriculum that would teachunder privileged students the skills necessary to be successful in a STEM field. Programs such asthe New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) were brought to NMT to encouragecollaboration between minority students and faculty on research projects in an effort toencourage the pursuit of a graduate education. This paper will discuss the experiences of fourminority students (three Hispanic and one African-American) while working in the CombustionEngines & Fuels Research Laboratory at NMT. This post-secondary STEM program aimed torecruit students early in their undergraduate careers and integrate them into a working researchlab. Participating students learned fundamentals of combustion, diagnostic methods, and theirapplications. Research conducted by the students in this lab focused on the investigation of theperformance of various biofuels in compression ignition engines and a jet engine. Studentsparticipated in the research process as a team, from the design of experiments to the presentationof their results. Upon completion of the experiments, students presented their work in peerreviewed journals and as oral presentations. Involvement in this research helped students in theircoursework and provided them with skills that will prepare them for a graduate education.Engaging minority students in research early their academic careers proved to be an effectivemethod for retaining interest in Mechanical Engineering and preparing them better for theirfuture careers.
Yilmaz, N., & Vigil, F. M., & Trujillo, M., & Acevedo-Rodriguez, I., & Jacquez, R. B. (2014, June), Influence of NSF-Funded Undergraduate Research Assistantships on Underrepresented Minority Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20636
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