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The Future Role Of The Asee National Organization In The Development Of Asee Student Chapters

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Graduate Student Experiences

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Graduate Studies

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12.1428.1 - 12.1428.7



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Elizabeth Van Ruitenbeek University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Elizabeth Van Ruitenbeek is a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined ASEE as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Marina Miletic University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

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Marina Miletic has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. While there, she was Treasurer for the U of M ASEE student chapter for three years and helped organize numerous events. She has been a lecturer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for the past three and a half years and is working with Elizabeth Van Ruitenbeek to start a new student ASEE chapter at Illinois.

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The Future Role of the ASEE National Organization in the Development of ASEE Student Chapters Abstract

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) can fulfill an important part of its mission through the arms of its student chapters when those chapters are adequately supported by the national organization. We present here a vision for how the ASEE national organization can best support both the formation of vibrant new student chapters and the growth of established ASEE student chapters.

This paper proposes that the ASEE national organization undertake the following:

• Creating a National Student Chapter Coordinator position to provide a single point person for disseminating information and assisting in the formation of new student chapters. • Encouraging Campus Representatives to publicize ASEE and its benefits to graduate students and assess campus interest in forming a student chapter. Campus Representatives can also interact with faculty to find a chapter advisor. • Enhancing the national ASEE website to facilitate communication between student chapters and to provide detailed information on how to start a new chapter and how to utilize resources available to student chapters. • Facilitating student attendance and interaction at the national conference by subsidizing some travel grants and arranging a student chapter poster session. The student chapter poster session will help students share ideas for events and will assist new chapters in gathering information and advice. • Presenting an award for best student chapter. To be eligible for this award, a chapter must submit an annual report. These annual reports are made available on the national website to promote sharing ideas between chapters. • Providing professional quality brochures and posters to assist student chapters with advertising ASEE and engineering pedagogy.

The Purpose of Student Chapters

There are already several excellent papers advising students how to build a successful ASEE student chapter1,2,3. This paper will not duplicate that information but will instead present our vision of the future role of the ASEE national organization in the development of thriving student chapters.

ASEE student chapters are uniquely positioned to execute the ASEE mission to "encourage youth to pursue studies and careers in engineering and engineering technology"4. Thriving ASEE student chapters on university campuses promote engineering pedagogy among graduate students, undergraduates, and children at K-12 schools in their communities. Active ASEE student chapters encourage undergraduate students to consider engineering graduate studies and encourage graduate students to consider careers in engineering education. ASEE student chapters are able to prepare graduate students to become effective teaching faculty who will

Van Ruitenbeek, E., & Miletic, M. (2007, June), The Future Role Of The Asee National Organization In The Development Of Asee Student Chapters Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2402

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