Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Minorities in Engineering
In the summer of 2017, the Chico STEM Connections Collaborative (CSC²) initiated and supported a summer research opportunity for underrepresented minorities within the College of Engineering at California State University Chico. The aim was to recruit and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and facilitate their academic success through hands on learning. Through an application process which considered student interests and backgrounds, awardees were paired with a faculty mentor to work on a research project over the summer. Students received a stipend and nominal equipment budget to purchase small items to support their research projects. This paper documents the experiences of one interdisciplinary team, comprised of students and faculty from the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering, and assesses the qualities of their investigation into a novel biophysical treatment on rice seeds. For this project, three mechanical engineering students teamed up with three agricultural students to investigate the influence of mechanical vibration on the germination rate of rice seeds. Led by faculty members from each college with backgrounds in engineering and plant and soil science, the team was provided with a robust research and learning environment in which to work directly with the faculty mentors. The results of their work and the factors which helped lead to their summer undergraduate research experience are considered herein.
O'Connor, D. (2018, June), Investigating the Effects of Mechanical Vibrations on Oryza Sativa: An Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30725
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