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The Impact of Summer Research Experiences on Community College Students’ Pursuit of a Graduate Degree in Science and Engineering

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Reporting Out: Dissemination of Several NSF Projects of Interest to Two-Year Colleges

Tagged Division

Two Year College Division

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

6

Page Numbers

26.1546.1 - 26.1546.6

DOI

10.18260/p.24883

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https://cms.jee.org/24883

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134

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Lea K. Marlor University of California, Berkeley

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Lea Marlor is the Education and Outreach Program Manager for the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, a NSF-funded Science and Technology Center at the University of California, Berkeley. She manages undergraduate research programs to recruit and retain underrepresented students in science and engineering and also outreach to pre-college students to introduce them to science and engineering career opportunities. Ms. Marlor joined University of California, Berkeley in 2013. She has a B.S. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Sharnnia Artis University of California, Berkeley

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Dr. Sharnnia Artis is the Education and Outreach Director for the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, a NSF-funded Science and Technology Center at the University of California, Berkeley. She oversees undergraduate research programs to recruit and retain underrepresented students in science and engineering and outreach programs for pre-college students to introduce them to the exciting career opportunities in science and engineering. Dr. Artis joined University of California, Berkeley in 2011 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University. She has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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Catherine T. Amelink Virginia Tech

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Dr. Catherine Amelink serves as the external evaluator for the TTE REU program. She has over 15 years of experience in assessment and evaluation of educational programs, project outcomes, and grant teams.

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Abstract

The Impact of Summer Research Experiences on Community College Students’ Pursuit of a Graduate Degree in Science and EngineeringThe Transfer-to-Excellence Research Experience for Undergraduates program (TTE REU) is asummer undergraduate research program offering multi-disciplinary research projects tocommunity college students in the state of California. TTE REU is hosted by three NSF-fundedcenters at University of _______, the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, the Centerof Integrated Nanomechanical Systems, and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center.The overall goal of the TTE REU program is to increase the number of students who will go onto graduate school in STEM. The TTE REU program has supported 44 community collegestudents to date with engagement being spurred on by research. Each TTE participant is pairedwith two mentors-a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor-who oversee and guide thestudent during their nine-week internship in an independent research project. In addition to theirresearch projects, TTE participants are trained in laboratory safety, research protocol, andprofessional ethics; they partake in academic and professional development seminars to preparefor a baccalaureate degrees and careers in science and engineering. Approximately 93% of thepast TTE students eligible to transfer to a 4-year institution were admitted to and are nowenrolled various universities across the nation. This paper will focus on the impact of theprogram on the likelihood of graduate school enrollment for students who have completed theTTE REU program. The likelihood of graduate school enrollment for a comparison groupcomprised of those students who applied to the program but were not admitted will also beexamined.

Marlor, L. K., & Artis, S., & Amelink, C. T. (2015, June), The Impact of Summer Research Experiences on Community College Students’ Pursuit of a Graduate Degree in Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24883

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