June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Minorities in Engineering
14.1025.1 - 14.1025.9
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
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.
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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