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Outreach And Recruitment To Attract Students To Chemical Engineering

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1999 Annual Conference

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Charlotte, North Carolina

Publication Date

June 20, 1999

Start Date

June 20, 1999

End Date

June 23, 1999

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2153-5965

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

4.410.1 - 4.410.16

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https://peer.asee.org/7872

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Zenaida O. Keil

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Robert P. Hesketh

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James A. Newell

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Stephanie Farrell

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C. Stewart Slater

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SESSION 2513

OUTREACH AND RECRUITMENT TO ATTRACT STUDENTS TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: FERMENTING STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN ENGINEERING

Robert Hesketh, Stephanie Farrell, C. Stewart Slater, Zenaida Keil, and James Newell Rowan University Chemical Engineering 201 Mullica Hill Rd Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701 hesketh@rowan.edu

Submitted to 1999 Annual ASEE Conference Chemical Engineering Division Session 2513 “Getting the Best Students to Enter ChE”

Abstract

The techniques used to encourage young people to pursue careers in engineering are presented in this paper. The first two programs were developed by Rowan University faculty at other universities. The third program is being developed for a summer enhancement experience. The first program described was part of the Exploring Career Options in Engineering and Science (ECOES) program developed by Stevens Institute of Technology in which the brewing process was employed to encourage high school students to consider engineering and science. A National Science Foundation sponsored Young Scholars program at the University of Tulsa is the second program presented which features hands-on engineering experiments and design activities. The third program is aimed at attracting women into engineering through funding by the EIF Foundation.

Introduction

Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ is building a new College of Engineering made possible by an endowment of $100 million from industrialists Henry and Betty Rowan. The mission of this new College is to provide programs that are effectively responsive to regional aspirations and address the needs and changing characteristics of the leading-edge engineers of the future. To be successful Rowan University must recruit high quality faculty and students. Faculty recruitment has taken place through networking opportunities at national and regional conferences and through advertisements in national publications. Student recruitment has been typical of a private school with mailings to prospective students, high school visits, university open house programs and individualized visits. Rowan University has also been recruiting bright young minds into engineering through summer and mentoring programs.

The focus of this paper is to present two programs developed by us at previous institutions and briefly summarize a program that will run this summer. The first program described was part of the Exploring Career Options in Engineering and Science (ECOES) program developed by Stevens Institute of Technology in which the brewing process was employed to encourage high school students to consider engineering and science. A National Science Foundation sponsored Young Scholars program at the University of Tulsa and an EIF Foundation funded program to attract women into engineering.

Keil, Z. O., & Hesketh, R. P., & Newell, J. A., & Farrell, S., & Slater, C. S. (1999, June), Outreach And Recruitment To Attract Students To Chemical Engineering Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/7872

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