June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Minorities in Engineering
14.1176.1 - 14.1176.10
Texas Research Experience (TREX) Program: A Progress Report on Successes & Challenges + Ongoing Improvements Andrea M. Ogilvie, The University of Texas at Austin Jessica Jimenez, The University of Texas at Austin Kimberly Sills, Intel Corporation
Abstract Paper Overview This paper provides an update on the progress of the Texas Research Experience (TREX) Program offered by the Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program at The University of Texas at Austin. TREX is a formal program designed to expose undergraduate minority engineering students to research and encourage them to pursue graduate studies. Over the past six years, we have collected post TREX career path data for former research assistants. In this paper, I present a summary of our results, challenges, and collaborative efforts with corporate partners such as Intel Corporation. In addition, this paper outlines recent updates to our selection criteria and program structure. Implemented in the last two to three years, these enhancements are designed to increase the percentage of TREX research assistants who pursue graduate studies.
Background The Texas Research Experience (TREX) Program was created at The University of Texas at Austin in 1992 to provide technical learning experiences for diverse undergraduate students enrolled in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Hosted by the Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program for more than 15 years, TREX has produced valuable research opportunities during the academic year for more than 325 undergraduate engineering students. The Texas Research Experience (TREX) Program provides undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to establish strong links with faculty, gain hands-on laboratory experience, and develop an appreciation for research careers in academia and industry. TREX participants receive a $2,600 research stipend ($1,300 per semester) and are required to spend an average of 10-14 hours per week on his/her research project throughout the fall and spring semesters. In addition, TREX participants are required to submit: (1) a research plan; (2) monthly progress reports; (3) a daily research journal; and (4) a final written report. Finally, TREX participants are expected to attend weekly seminars/group meetings and prepare a poster and oral presentation.
Since Fall 2001, 97 students have participated in TREX. The retention rate in engineering for TREX participants is ninety-nine percent (n=96 out of 97). Twenty nine are currently enrolled in our undergraduate engineering program. Sixty-seven have graduated from our undergraduate engineering program. One graduated from an undergraduate program at UT other than engineering. Thirty nine percent of TREX participants enrolled in graduate school after completing their undergraduate degrees (n=26 out of 67).
Ogilvie, A., & Jimenez, J., & Sills, K. (2009, June), Texas Research Experience (Trex) Program: A Progress Report On Successes, Challenges, And Ongoing Improvements Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/4810
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