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Study Abroad While Studying Abroad: International Students’ Participation in the RSAP Study Abroad Program

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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International Division Technical Session 4

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Johnny C. Woods Jr. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Orcid 16x16

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Johnny C. Woods, Jr. is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Higher Education and Research Group Coordinator for the Engineering Competencies, Learning, and Inclusive Practices for Success (ECLIPS) Lab in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Johnny is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Graduate School Certificate Course--Preparing the Future Professoriate. He has a Master in Educational Foundations and Management and a Bachelor in Sociology. His dissertation research focuses on employing assets-based frameworks to explore the lived experiences of foreign-born Black students in the STEM fields at PWIs, specifically Black Sub-Saharan African-born graduate students.

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Homero Murzi Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Orcid 16x16

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Homero Murzi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech with honorary appointments at the University of Queensland (Australia) and University of Los Andes (Venezuela). He holds degrees in Industrial Engineering (BS, MS), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Engineering Education (PhD). Homero is the leader of the Engineering Competencies, Learning, and Inclusive Practices for Success (ECLIPS) Lab. His research focuses on contemporary and inclusive pedagogical practices, emotions in engineering, competency development, and understanding the experiences of Latinx and Native Americans in engineering from an asset-based perspective. Homero has been recognized as a Diggs Teaching Scholar, a Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence Fellow, a Global Perspectives Fellow, a Diversity Scholar, a Fulbright Scholar, and was inducted in the Bouchet Honor Society.

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Tahsin Mahmud Chowdhury Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Tahsin Mahmud Chowdhury is a Ph.D. student in Engineering Education and an M.S. student in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech (VT). Tahsin holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and has worked as a manufacturing professional at a Fortune 500 company. As an Engineering Education researcher, he is interested in enhancing professional competencies for engineering workforce development in academia and beyond. He is actively engaged in different projects at the department focusing on teamwork and leadership competencies in engineering. Tahsin’s long term goal is to bridge the engineering competency gap between industry demand and academic fulfillment.

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Natali Huggins

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Natali Huggins is a PhD student in the Higher Education program at Virginia Tech. She holds a master’s in public administration from the National Experimental University of Táchira in Venezuela. She has several years of experience in higher education administration and internal audit in Venezuela. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in graduate education, particularly international and Latinx graduate students’ persistence and development. She is interested in supporting students in their transition and adaptability to higher education in the United States.

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Karen Dinora Martinez Soto

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[Student Paper] Study abroad is critical to enriching the educational experience of students due to the espoused benefits. Studying abroad is a key vehicle for developing global engineering competency as a priority to meet industry and workforce demand in engineering. While the number of students participating in these programs has risen, the participation rate is low. Study abroad has not been significantly diverse to portray the depth and scope of the experiences of the U.S. student population. Moreover, although research has been conducted regarding how students conceive the purpose and value of the international education experience, there is a gap in the literature regarding the experiences of international students who participate in study abroad programs while studying in the U.S. Hence, the purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of international students participating in an engineering study abroad program at a single research university. We argue that understanding the impact of study abroad on international students is relevant to enrich their academic and professional experience in the United States.

Woods, J. C., & Murzi, H., & Chowdhury, T. M., & Huggins, N., & Martinez Soto, K. D. (2021, July), Study Abroad While Studying Abroad: International Students’ Participation in the RSAP Study Abroad Program Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37775

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