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Peer-led Research Methods Workshop for First-year Ph.D. Students (Student Paper)

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Student Division Technical Session 1

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VJ Tocco University of Florida

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Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida.

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Kevin Buettner


Madeline G Sciullo University of Florida

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Madeline Sciullo is a 4th year Ph.D. Candidate studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida under the appointment of Dr. Mark Law. Her research interests include device physics and simulation on III-V and Silicon based sensors for various application ranging from pH sensors, mechanical stress effects, to radiation effects of transistors. She is expected to graduate in 2018.

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Jennifer Sinclair Curtis University of California, Davis

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Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at University of California, Davis. She is a Fellow of AAAS, AIChE and ASEE. Professor Curtis is a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, AIChE's Thomas-Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, the AIChE’s Fluidization Lectureship Award, AIChE’s van Antwerpen Award, the American Society of Engineering Education's Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, the Eminent Overseas Lectureship Award by the Institution of Engineers in Australia, and ASEE's Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. She has served on the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Engineering Education and has participated in two NAE Frontiers of Research Symposia (2003 and 2008). She currently serves as co-Chair of the National Academies’ Chemical Sciences Roundtable and member of the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology.

Professor Curtis received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1983) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University (1989). Prior to joining UC Davis in 2015, she was Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Florida. She has also served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and Purdue University. At CMU she received the college-wide Ladd Research Award and at Purdue she was named University Faculty Scholar.

Professor Curtis’ research on the development of multiphase CFD models and discrete element method models for particulate flow. Her multiphase flow models, based on first principles granular kinetic theory, were the first to be adopted bysoftware package ANSYS Fluent. ANSYS is the largest producer of simulation software used by 96 of the 100 biggest industrial companies and over 40,000 customers. Her multiphase flow models are also included in the CFD Research Corporation CFD software package and the open-source CFD code (OpenFOAM).

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Jason E. Butler University of Florida

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A team of experienced Ph.D. candidates developed and facilitated discussion in a semester-long weekly workshop that outlined basic research skills for a small cohort of first year doctoral students in Chemical Engineering. Session topics included professionalism, analyzing research articles, scientific writing mechanics, and designing presentation slides, among others. The peer-led approach provided an informal classroom setting, which fostered interactivity and stimulated students’ willingness to participate in discussions. Incorporating such a workshop in other departments or universities could greatly benefit all fledgling researchers and their principal investigators by boosting the students’ productivity and research quality as they adapt to the process of doing research. Such a workshop also offers senior Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to improve their pedagogical methods.

Tocco, V., & Buettner, K., & Sciullo, M. G., & Curtis, J. S., & Butler, J. E. (2018, June), Peer-led Research Methods Workshop for First-year Ph.D. Students (Student Paper) Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30867

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