California State University, Los Angeles , California
April 4, 2019
April 4, 2019
April 6, 2019
Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section Meeting Paper Submissions
A ten-week summer research internship program is designed and implemented for community college students. The research activity is performed in a four-year university under the guidance of a faculty in charge of the research program, and the research interns are assigned a graduate student mentor. The results of this program include research experience given to the community college students early in their educational pathways. Such early exposure to research has benefits of improved students’ outlooks which improve their performance in their coursework and sharpen their interest in pursuing STEM fields. Given the often-lengthy background preparation needed for conducting research, it is difficult to incorporate research experience as a curricular activity in regular semesters when students have a lot of distractions managing various assignments in different courses. Summer is a time when students have fewer distractions and can be effectively engaged in a focused research activity. The intern cohort are divided to discipline of Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering. This paper presents the details of the project for the Electrical Engineering cohort, the research, and educational objectives, results obtained. The planned research project for the Electrical cohort is related to anti-fuse memory technology, which is a promising one-time programmable nano-scale technology for information storage. In this technology, the information is stored in a resistive form which is a state of a fuse element that is non-volatile. In this research, we propose a unique application for anti-fuse memory technology and that is to realize non-volatile single-bit latch element that can be used for building re configurable logic circuits. The entire intern cohort are surveyed at the end of the program to assesses the program outcomes. According to the student surveys, the results suggest that research experience is very valuable in encouraging students to pursue STEM research careers. Moreover, this experience enhances students’ technical research skills such as scientific thinking, ability to analyze and interpret results, and presentation skills. This flipped approach to educational pathways in which research experience is offered early on results in students to be more determined and motivated as they progress through their educational pathways.
Gee, M., & Lal, A. A., & Hercules, A. E., & Sheaves, T., & Enriquez, A. G., & Chen, C., & Jiang, H., & Jiang, Z., & Pong, W., & Zhang, X., & Mahmoodi, H. (2019, April), Research Experience for Community College Students: Design and Optimization of Non-Volatile Latch using Anti-Fuse Memory Technology Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California. https://peer.asee.org/31841
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