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Internal Motivation As A Factor For The Success Of African American Engineering Students Enrolled In A Historically Black College And University (Hbcu)

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Innovative Methods to Teach Engineering to URMs

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Minorities in Engineering

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14.784.1 - 14.784.9



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Fred Bonner Texas A&M University


Felecia Nave Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Felecia McInnis Nave is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at PVAMU and the Principal Investigator on this Project. Nave's research interests include: Culturally responsive epistemology and pedagogy in engineering education and issues impacting the academic success and persistence of African American and women students in STEM disciplines. Dr. Nave has received over $1.5M in research funding for both her technical and education related research agenda. Dr. Nave can be reached by e-mail at

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Sherri Frizell Prairie View A&M University

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Sherri Frizell is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Prairie View A&M University. Her research interests include human-centered computing, computer-supported collaborative learning, engineering education, gender issues in engineering, and gifted and talented African-American students in STEM. She is a member of the Association

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Carmen Villa Texas A&M University

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Carmen Villa is a researcher at the College of Education , and an assistant lecturer in the Hispanic Studies Department at Texas A&M University. She received a B.Sc. degree in computer science engineering from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico City; a D.E.A. in computer science form the INPG in Grenoble, France; and a Pd.D. in educational administration and human resource development from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include underrepresented populations in higher education, cultural practices and their impact on education for Hispanic students.

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Helene Cook Texas A&M University

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Helene E. Cook is a second year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Texas A&M University. A native of Buffalo, NY Helene completed both her bachelors degree and masters degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her area of study was psychology with a minor in history. Prior to her enrollment at Texas A&M she worked extensively with individuals with disabilities serving as a Residential Habilitation Aide for two years as well as a Service Coordinator for one year. Helene has been working as a Graduate Research Assistant since December 2007. Her research interests include African Americans and their accessibility to mental health services, early termination, and issues surrounding multicultural validity in counseling and assessment

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Bonner, F., & Nave, F., & Frizell, S., & Villa, C., & Cook, H. (2009, June), Internal Motivation As A Factor For The Success Of African American Engineering Students Enrolled In A Historically Black College And University (Hbcu) Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5638

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