June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Two Year College Division
23.997.1 - 23.997.16
Promoting Academic Excellence Among Underrepresented Community College Engineering Students through a Summer Research Internship ProgramAbstractA recent report prepared by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technologyindicates that the United States needs to produce one million additional STEM professionals in thenext decade in order to retain its historical preeminence in science and technology. The reportproposes that addressing the retention problem in the first two years of college is the mostpromising and cost-effective strategy to address this need. Among the Council's recommendationsis to engage students in research early in college by implementing research courses for students inthe first two years, and establishing collaborations between research universities and communitycolleges to provide all students access to research experiences. This paper is a description of acollaborative project between a small Hispanic-serving community college and a large urbanuniversity to address the retention and completion problems among underrepresented communitycollege students through a summer research internship program. Developed through a three-yeargrant funded by the NASA Curriculum Improvements Partnership Award for the Integration ofResearch (CIPAIR) program, the ten-week summer research internship program providesopportunities for freshmen and sophomore community college students to participate inengineering research under the supervision of a university professor and a graduate studentmentor. Research topics covered during the internship program include performance-basedearthquake engineering, circuit design for biomedical applications, embedded systems design, andtransistor reliability issues in nano-scale circuits. The first two years of implementation of theprogram have generated high quality research outcomes from the participating community collegestudents. Post-program surveys also indicate success in strengthening students' identity asengineers, in increasing student interest to further engage in research activities, and in enhancingstudent self-efficacy for successfully transferring to a four-year university, completing abaccalaureate degree in engineering, and pursuing a graduate degree.
Enriquez, A. G., & Pong, W., & Shahnasser, H., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, H., & Chen, C. (2013, June), Promoting Academic Excellence Among Underrepresented Community College Engineering Students through a Summer Research Internship Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22382
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