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Transfer-to-Excellence: Research Experiences for Undergraduates at California Community Colleges

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.1276.1 - 24.1276.8



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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 science and also outreach to 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


Tsu-Jae King Liu University of California, Berkeley

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Tsu-Jae King Liu received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. From 1992 to 1996 she was a Member of Research Staff at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. In August 1996 she joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, where she is now Conexant Systems Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS).

Dr. Liu's awards include the DARPA Significant Technical Achievement Award (2000) for development of the FinFET, the UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award (2003), UC Berkeley Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Award (2010), and the Intel Outstanding Researcher in Nanotechnology Award (2012). She has authored or co-authored over 450 publications and holds over 80 patents, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Her research activities are presently in energy-efficient integrated-circuit devices.

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Transfer-to-Excellence: Research Experiences for Undergraduates at California Community CollegesThe Transfer-to-Excellence Research Experience for Undergraduates program (TTE REU) is amulti-disciplinary summer undergraduate research program hosted by three NSF-funded centers,the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics and Science, the Center of IntegratedNanomechanical Systems, and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center at theUNIVERSITY. Together, these NSF-funded Centers’ cutting edge research programs areaddressing the need for an energy revolution and accelerating biotechnology andnanotechnology. Using research as the catalyst for engagement, the TTE REU program hassupported 30 community college students from the California Community College System.During the nine-week summer program, each TTE participant is paired with two mentors, afaculty advisor and a graduate student mentor, who oversee and guide the student in independentresearch activities, through regular research group meetings and one-on-one discussions. Outsideof their independent research projects, TTE participants are trained in research protocol,laboratory safety, and professional ethics; and they participate in academic and professionaldevelopment activities to prepare for a baccalaureate degree and career in science andengineering. The TTE REU program also partners with the UNIVERSITY TRANSFEROFFICE, which provides individualized academic and transfer advising and enrichmentprograms that prepare TTE participants to be competitive applicants to four-year colleges. As aresult of this collaborative research experience, 86% of the students eligible to transfer to a 4-year institution were admitted to and are now enrolled in a 4-year institution. This poster willpresent the structure of the REU program; examples of the research projects, academic andprofessional development seminars, and transfer advising sessions; overview of the evaluationand assessment tools; and results of student transfer to a 4-year institution.

Artis, S., & Amelink, C. T., & Liu, T. K. (2014, June), Transfer-to-Excellence: Research Experiences for Undergraduates at California Community Colleges Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23209

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