March 25, 2018
March 25, 2018
March 27, 2018
Research experience is enriching and inspiring for undergraduate students. Traditional curriculum postpones conduct of research by students to graduate level. In this paper, we present a flipped approach in which undergraduate students are exposed to research early on. Given the often-lengthy background preparation needed for conduct of research, it is difficult to incorporate research experience as a curricular activity in regular semesters when students have a lot of discretions managing various assignments by different courses. To address this challenge, we have developed summer research opportunities for community college students. Summer is a time when students have less distractions and can be effectively engaged in a focused research activity. The research internship is planned over 10 weeks of summer, and the student interns are assigned a graduate student mentor and a faculty advisor. This paper presents the details of this project, research and educational objectives, results obtained, and the student surveys assessing the outcomes. The planned research project is related to non-volatile resistive memory technologies, which are promising nano-scale technologies for information storage. In such technologies, the information is stored in a resistive form which is a state of a material that is non-volatile and also much more scalable as compared to the existing charge based storage technologies such as SRAM, DRAM, and flash. The main target application of resistive memory technologies is for large data storage and the main targeted market is replacement of computer DRAM main memory and SRAM cache. In this research, we propose a unique application for resistive memory technology and that is to realize non-volatile single-bit latch element that can be used for building reconfigurable logic circuits. The results of student surveys on the experience of student participants with the research internship strongly suggest that such an experience is very valuable in helping the students decide if they want to purse 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.
Miftakhov, V. V., & Del Prato, C., & Tornøe, S. A., & Lim, K. M., & attaran, A., & Enriquez, A. G., & Chen, C., & Jiang, H., & Jiang, Z., & Teh, K. S., & Zhang, X., & Mahmoodi, H., & Shahnasser, H., & Pong, W. (2018, March), Research Experience for Community College Students: Design and Optimization of Non-Volatile Latch using Resistive Memory Technology Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference, Boulder, Colorado. https://peer.asee.org/29624
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