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Survival Of An Asee Student Chapter

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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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Graduate Student Experiences

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7.1046.1 - 7.1046.12



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Haitham Logman

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Ronald Barr

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Cynthia Finley

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Michael Hagenberger

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Session 2455

Survival of an ASEE Student Chapter

Cynthia A. Finley, Haitham Logman, Peggy Rijken, Pablo Bueno, Jagannathan Mahadevan, Michael Hagenberger, Asad Hassan, Ronald Barr The University of Texas at Austin


Insight into how a student chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) can survive through many years may be provided by the experiences of the ASEE student chapter at The University of Texas at Austin. ASEE student chapters offer many professional development opportunities for engineering students considering possible careers in academia. However, there are currently less than ten ASEE student chapters, and several ASEE student chapters that were initiated in the past are no longer active. In contrast to th is, the ASEE student chapter at UT-Austin has existed and remained active for six consecutive years. Issues that are important in the survival of an ASEE student chapter include promoting ASEE activities to both graduate and undergraduate students, keeping students involved, developing faculty support, and securing funding. By establishing and following procedures for addressing these issues each year, an ASEE student chapter may continue functioning from year to year.


An ASEE student chapter can be an important aspect in a graduate student’s preparation for a career in academia. The UT-Austin ASEE student chapter was established in the fall of 1996. The steps taken to establish this student chapter are described by Matsumoto et al. 1 The primary purposes of the student chapter at UT-Austin are:

· to encourage students to consider careers in academia; · to enhance the teaching and presentation skills of prospective educators; · to develop the skills needed to establish and lead a research program; · to assist students in their search for academic positions. · to encourage undergraduate students to consider graduate school.

The ASEE student chapter at UT-Austin has evaluated its effectiveness in achieving these objectives by surveying former graduate students who went on to careers in academia. The results were presented in Philip et al. 2 The response of these former students was overwhelmingly positive. They indicated that the ASEE student chapter had been instrumental in helping them learn what life would be like as a professor, what issues were currently important in engineering education, and how to prepare for their job searches.

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

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Logman, H., & Barr, R., & Finley, C., & Hagenberger, M. (2002, June), Survival Of An Asee Student Chapter Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10884

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