New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Two Year College Division
REENERGIZE is a network of renewable energy education and research labs fully contained and established at each of the four member institutions. The main goal of this collaborative effort is to share effective new green technology content and impart skills to faculty members of this network in order to strengthen their capacities and arm them with additional resources to support their efforts in recruiting and retaining students, and in particular minorities, in STEM programs offered at their institutions. Our two year college is part of this network and for at least three years will develop and implement new undergraduate research projects related to green technologies. As part of this partnership with its fellow Hispanic-Serving Institution, our college made a commitment to 1) encourage our STEM faculty to attend REENERGIZE professional development opportunities to learn and adopt green energy educational modules into our STEM curriculum over the next three years; 2) seek space to establish a "start-up green lab" on our campus with MSEIP pass through funding from the four-year institution so that faculty can conduct classroom demonstrations and our students can perform undergraduate research. This initiative is meant to diversify and continue our undergraduate research program and include our EcoCentro facility into this program. 3) promote additional related outreach and educational REENERGIZE efforts to support our students and encourage them to seek successful careers in STEM and green energy-related fields and to 4) participate in on-going evaluation and research efforts related to this program. Undergraduate research programs at four-year institutions have been widely reported to increase retention, and our results indicate that two-year institutions can also initiate successful programs. This paper will present in detail the results of the first year partnership between the two institutions to develop a new direction for summer undergraduate research programs at our community college, offer recommendations, and outline future plans.
Dimitriu, D. G., & Bartels, K., & Lewis, S. F., & Asiabanpour, B. (2016, June), The Re-Energize Undergraduate Research Program at Our Community College Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27001
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