June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Cooperative & Experiential Education
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A national need exists for increasing the number of United States citizens who complete engineeringdegrees. The Student Integrated Intern Research Experience (SIIRE) program at the University of________ provides financial support to students from all engineering departments within the College ofEngineering. Through scholarships and integrated industry supported work experiences with on-campusresearch activities, SIIRE provides a pathway to a graduate engineering degree. This paper describes thisinnovative approach using company sponsored work experiences that aims to improve the way thatstudents and faculty interact with industry. The experiences also intend to increase the likelihood thatindustry will better value engineers with M.S. degrees. The SIIRE program advances the knowledge ofhow to integrate co-operative education with graduate research via the following elements: leveragedscholarship support, a student cohort focused on engineering research initiatives, integrated one-on-one faculty and industry joint mentoring, industry driven research topics, and course work optionsenabling completion of B.S. and M.S. degrees in 5.5 total years. This program advances the discoveryand dissemination of research that bridges undergraduate experiences with the attainment of graduateengineering degrees. Furthermore, it strengthens industry partnerships and develops highly trainedworkforces, by systematically creating a pipeline of diverse engineering professionals. This programdeveloped at the University of ________ can be readily adapted and implemented at other programsacross the nation.
Rossetti, M. D., & Clausen, E. C., & Gattis, C. S., & Hale, M., & Needy, K. L. (2013, June), On the Development of a Student Integrated Intern Research Experience as a Pathway to Graduate Studies Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22327
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