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Integration Of Nasa Research Into Undergraduate Education In Math, Science, Engineering, And Technology

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2004 Annual Conference

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

Start Date

June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NASA Fellowship Program

Page Count

10

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9.781.1 - 9.781.10

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https://peer.asee.org/13209

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Sid Wang

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Kenneth Roberts

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Joseph Monroe

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Ajit Kelkar

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Devdas Pai

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Session 2004-1745

INTEGRATION OF NASA RESEARCH INTO UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION IN MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Ajit D. Kelkar, Joseph Monroe*, Devdas Pai, Kenneth Roberts and Sid Wang

Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering *College of Engineering North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 kelkar@ncat.edu

INTRODUCTION

The NASA Partnership Award for Integration of Research into undergraduate Education (PAIR) program incorporated the NASA-Sponsored research into the undergraduate environment at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. This program is designed to significantly improve undergraduate education in the areas of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology (MSET) by directly benefiting from the experiences of NASA field centers, affiliated industrial partners and academic institutions.

The three basic goals of the program were enhancing core courses in MSET curriculum, up-grading core-engineering laboratories to compliment upgraded MSET curriculum, and conduct research training for undergraduates in MSET disciplines through a sophomore shadow program and through Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs.

Since the inception of the program nine courses have been modified to include NASA related topics and research. These courses have impacted over 900 students in the past five years. Research training for A&T students was conducted through four different programs: Apprentice program, Developers program, Sophomore Shadow program and Independent Research program. These programs provided opportunities for an average of forty students per semester.

For each year of the program, NASA-PAIR Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program at North Carolina A&T State University recruited several talented pre- engineering candidates from 12 Southeastern institutions (majority-serving, HBCUs, Native American-serving and women-serving). Approximately 10 –15 science, mathematics, and pre- engineering students were trained and instructed by faculty mentors on NASA-sponsored

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Wang, S., & Roberts, K., & Monroe, J., & Kelkar, A., & Pai, D. (2004, June), Integration Of Nasa Research Into Undergraduate Education In Math, Science, Engineering, And Technology Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/13209

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