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Tiered Mentorship Experiences in Biomedical Engineering Programs: A Case Study of Collaborations between Undergraduates and High School StudentsStudent engagement in STEM fields can occur through exposure to leading-edge research in thefield of interest, researching or contributing to the research of others within the field, andcommunicating that research to others outside of the field. Mentorship is one way to help bothstudents and mentors maintain engagement in these fields. Though some research exists aboutmentorship between professors and undergraduates, understanding of the relationship betweenundergraduates who mentor high school students is less developed.This study reports on a tiered-mentorship program within a biomedical engineering summerundergraduate research experience. Undergraduates in the research experience and high schoolstudents in a summer engineering-themed enrichment program were linked for a week-longprogram-within-a-program via a tiered structure, whereby the undergraduates acted as temporarymentors to the high school students. The two groups collaborated to produce activities for middleschool students. In this program, the undergraduates communicated their summer researchexperiences and broader educational experiences to the high school students. This included labtours, model experiments, a field trip to a topically-relevant museum, and activities that werecollaboratively created by the undergraduates and high schools students. Finally, theundergraduates and high school students visited an area summer program for middle schoolstudents to present their activities and teach the middle school students about engineering.This study was the result of a combined effort between a National Science Foundation-fundedResearch Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program at a university in the Midwest and asummer engineering-themed program for high school students entering 11th and 12th grade in thesame city. Three separate data sources were analyzed in this study. Pre- and post-programsurveys and semi-structured interviews were administered to the REU students in the 2012 and2013 REUs. A post-program survey and semi-structured interviews were administered to thehigh school students after the conclusion of the 2013 Summer Program. The results of thesesurveys and interviews will be presented.
Langman, C., & Brey, E. M., & Zawojewski, J. S. (2014, June), Tiered Mentorship Experiences in Biomedical Engineering Programs: A Case Study of Collaborations between Undergraduates and High School Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23196
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