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Overview Of Summer Research Program For Undergraduate Students In Construction

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Practice/Industry Partnership

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7.907.1 - 7.907.15



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William Badger

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Geraldine Peten

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Anil Sawhney

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Session 2406


Geraldine Peten, Anil Sawhney and William Badger

Arizona State University


The Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC) at Arizona State University (ASU) received funding to develop a site to provide research experiences for undergraduate students in the field of construction management. The site attracted thirteen high caliber undergraduate students from civil engineering, construction engineering/management, and architectural engineering programs from across the nation and imparted research training to them through a focused and well-supported ten- week on-site research program. The Research Experience of Undergraduates (REU) included an orientation workshop, participating faculty presentations, nine week individual research program, interaction with current graduate students, workshops on construction management, bimonthly research seminars, final research presentation, and final technical report. In addition the students participated in two construction project site visits, and a panel discussion of construction industry experts describing the current status of the industry and its research needs. Through well-designed group and individual research training, the participating undergraduate students were exposed to research opportunities in the construction industry intended to motivate them to consider graduate education. The purpose of this paper, with its supporting research analysis is to present the statistical data evaluating the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the program. During the evaluative phase of the program, all participating students completed an in-depth analysis that focused on the structure of the program, the curriculum, the content, program implementation, quality and research opportunities availed them. Presentation of this paper illustrates these findings and projects revisions to be considered for subsequent programs at Arizona State University, for funding years 2002 to 2003.


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Badger, W., & Peten, G., & Sawhney, A. (2002, June), Overview Of Summer Research Program For Undergraduate Students In Construction Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10809

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