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Research Alliance In Math And Science (Rams): An Excellent Research Internship Program For Minority Science And Engineering Students

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Conference

2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Building Diversity in Engineering Graduate Programs

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

14.1025.1 - 14.1025.9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--5639

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Xiaoqing Qian Alabama A&M University

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Dr. Xiaoqing (Cathy) Qian is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Alabama A&M University. Dr. Qian is also Director of High Performance Computing Research and Education project at Alabama A&M University.

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Zhengtao Deng Alabama A&M University

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Dr. Z.T. Deng is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Alabama A&M University.

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George Seweryniak DoE Computational Science Division

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Dr. George Seweryniak is a program manager in the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research of DOE.

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Debbie McCoy Oak Ridge National Lab

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Abstract
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Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) - An Excellent Research Internship Program for Minority Science and Engineering Students

Xiaoqing (Cathy) Qian, Z.T. Deng Department of Mechanical Engineering Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama

George Seweryniak Office of Advanced Scientifc Computing Research, U.S. Department of Energy Washington, D.C.

Debbie McCoy Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Abstract

The Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) program is a twelve-week summer research internship program for under-represented students majoring in computer science, mathematics, engineering and technology. It is carried out through the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The objective of the RAMS program is to identify students and faculty members in computer sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology disciplines for summer internships in support of the long-term goal of increasing the number of under-represented minorities with advanced degrees in the workforce. In the past eight years, more than 100 student interns have been appointed and mentored in the ORNL computing directorate. The RAMS program continues to create high impact on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and other minority educational institutions. Alabama A&M University (AAMU) has been collaborating with ORNL since 2001. This paper describes the RAMS program impact on undergraduate computational science activity in AAMU. The RAMS student research activities indicated that the RAMS summer intern research program provided excellent training for minority undergraduate science and engineering students at AAMU in the area of computational science. The RAMS program opened students’ eyes to the fascinating world of scientific computing.

Background

According to the 1990 U.S. census, the total U.S. population was 248,709,873. Of these, approximately 51% were women, 29,986,060 (or 12%) were African American, 22,354,059 (or 9%) Hispanic, and 1,878,285 (or 1%) were Native American. In 1995, of the total 132 million in the U.S. civilian labor forces, only 5500 African Americans who had Ph.D. degrees in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) were employed in the SMET field. Only 5.6% of the enrollment in graduate school SMET disciplines is African American, Hispanic American and Native American students. In 2004 African Americans

Qian, X., & Deng, Z., & Seweryniak, G., & McCoy, D. (2009, June), Research Alliance In Math And Science (Rams): An Excellent Research Internship Program For Minority Science And Engineering Students Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5639

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