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Research Experiences For Undergraduates In Pollution Prevention

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Combining Research and Teaching

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7.980.1 - 7.980.8



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Raul Ordonez

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Marianne Cinaglia

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Kathryn Hollar

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Jess Everett

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Joseph Orlins

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Kauser Jahan

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Mariano Savelski

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Linda Head

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Stephanie Farrell

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Robert Hesketh

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Kauser Jahan, Jess W. Everett, Joseph Orlins, Robert P. Hesketh, Stephanie Farrell, Linda M. Head, Kathryn Hollar, Mariano Savelski, Raúl Ordóñez and Marianne Cinaglia ABSTRACT A three-year site for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program at Rowan University has been established through funding from the National Science Foundation and Rowan University. A common theme unifies the Rowan REU Site activities-Pollution Prevention. Site activities focus on fundamental and applied multidisciplinary research in pollution prevention. Pollution prevention is a key element of new EPA initiatives to protect our children's health and to promote environmental justice and urban environmental quality. Selected students from all over the USA work closely with engineering faculty on funded research projects in engineering that encourage pollution prevention and sustainable development. This eight-week program exposes students not only to the values of research experiences but helps them reinforce and build other important skills such as communication, social and leadership. The ultimate objective is to provide the REU participants with an enriching research experience that will encourage them to pursue graduate studies.

INTRODUCTION Research experiences expose undergraduate students to the creativity of the research process and enable them to apply their acquired knowledge from formal co ursework. Active research experience is considered one of the most effective ways to attract talented undergraduates to and retain them in careers in science and engineering, including careers in teaching. Involving undergraduates in research also encourages them to pursue graduate education. The National Science Foundation (NSF) 1 has established the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in its efforts to recruit diverse talented students to engineering and science. A REU site focusing on pollution prevention was established for three years at the College of Engineering at Rowan University starting the summer of 2001. The REU Site at the College of Engineering was established with the following objectives:

· Generating excitement among the undergraduate students by providing them with the opportunity to work on engineering issues of national and international significance, · Providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to work on fundamental research projects that have significant impacts on human health and the environment, · Increasing the participation in research of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities,

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Ordonez, R., & Cinaglia, M., & Hollar, K., & Everett, J., & Orlins, J., & Jahan, K., & Savelski, M., & Head, L., & Farrell, S., & Hesketh, R. (2002, June), Research Experiences For Undergraduates In Pollution Prevention Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11252

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