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Survey of the Unique Challenges that Minority Engineering and Science Students Encounter

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

New Research & Trends for Minorities in Engineering

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

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22.1357.1 - 22.1357.26



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Adrienne R. Minerick Michigan Technological University Orcid 16x16

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Adrienne Minerick is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech having moved from Mississippi State University in Jan 2010, where she was a tenured Associate Professor. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and B.S. from Michigan Technological University in 1998. Adrienne’s research interests include electrokinetics and the development of biomedical microdevices. She earned a 2007 NSF CAREER award; her group has published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Lab on a Chip, and had an AIChE Journal cover. She is an active mentor of undergraduate researchers and served as co-PI on an NSF REU site. Research within her Medical micro-Device Engineering Research Laboratory (M.D. – ERL) also inspires the development of Desktop Experiment Modules (DEMos) for use in chemical engineering classrooms or as outreach activities in area schools. Adrienne has been an active member of ASEE’s WIED, ChED, and NEE leadership teams since 2003.

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Rebecca K. Toghiani Mississippi State University

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Dr. Rebecca K. Toghiani is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MSU. She received her B.S.Ch.E, M.S.Ch.E., and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of
Missouri-Columbia. She received the 1996 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award and the 2005
Outstanding Teaching Award from the ASEE Southeastern Section. A John Grisham Master
Teacher at MSU, she is an inaugural member of the Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She has also been recognized at MSU with the 2001 Outstanding Faculty
Woman Award, a 2001 Hearin Professor of Engineering award, and the 1999 College of
Engineering Outstanding Engineering Educator Award.

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Christopher Dawson Mississippi State University

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Survey  Effort  to  Compile  the  Unique  Challenges  that  Minority  Engineering  and  Science  Student  Encountered  at  Two  Institutions    An IRB approved cooperative survey between two institutions was conducted ofethnically underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students. The focus of thesurvey was on the unique challenges that minority engineering and science studentsencounter at the two institutions. The institutions are regionally very different; the hostcommunity at one has a >60% African-American population, while the surroundingcommunity at the second has a <1% African-American population. The goals of thissurvey were to identify, from the student’s perspective, any challenges they faced andto what extend they thought that challenge had impacting overall progress inengineering and science majors. Two XXX NOBCChE (National Organization of BlackChemists and Chemical Engineers) chapter members designed the survey withguidance from their faculty advisor. The results and compiled information will helpdetermine how the institutions can improve climate and student experiences insubsequent years.  

Minerick, A. R., & Toghiani, R. K., & Dawson, C. (2011, June), Survey of the Unique Challenges that Minority Engineering and Science Students Encounter Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18890

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