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Work in Progress: Co-curricular and Extracurricular Experiences of NSF-supported Scholars

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Multidisciplinary Engineering Programs

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Huihui H Wang Jacksonville University

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Dr. Huihui Wang, is an assistant professor and the Chair of the Engineering Department at Jacksonville University (JU). She is an advisor of the National Society of Professional Engineering (NSPE) at JU. She is the senior member of IEEE and the Vice Chair of IEEE Jacksonville Section. She is also the member of ASEE and ASME and FES. She has served as a technical program committee member and a reviewer for international conferences, journals as well as fellowships.

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Lee Ann Jerome Clements Jacksonville University

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Dr. Lee Ann J. Clements is the Associate Provost for Accreditation at Jacksonville University. Prior to serving in this role she served for twelve years as the Chair the Division of Science and Mathematics. She received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Virginia, her M.S. and PhD from the University of South Carolina in Marine Science. Her research projects have included investigating the role of metallic pollutants in altering development, the effects of environmental variability on skeletal regeneration, and the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms. She is also involved in projects that help communicate science to the general public and is one of the creators of The Science Of . . . a web-based video magazine. In addition to her role as Associate Provost Dr. Cements is also the director of Experiential Learning and a tenured Professor of Biology and Marine Science at Jacksonville University.

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Cindy Leong

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Misha M. Chalkley


Crandall Maines Jacksonville University

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The Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics Scholars (MEPS) program at our university supported by NSF since 2014, is preparing individuals for the STEM workforce by providing an educational experience that emphasizes student discovery. This program is designed to increase enrollment and improve retention of scholars in the three related disciplines. Scholars are selected annually based on academic ability and financial need. Faculty mentoring, tutoring, peer study groups, college survival skills training, career development, and undergraduate research experiences are all tools to help the scholars.

Each year activities are scheduled to promote a sense of academic community, allow mentoring towards academic and career goals and provide enrichment opportunities. Academic community is built through orientation activities, mask building, t-shirt design and movie and game nights. Mentoring occurs in these settings, but also through program elements including workshops with the Career Resource Center and Academic Support Center, and field trips to local engineering firms and businesses with a technology focus. Finally, enrichment opportunities include guest speakers, undergraduate research projects, Mathematical Contest in Modeling and field trips. MEP Scholars are actively participating in the following research projects: 1) a mobile and computer app for more efficient note taking for students across subject, 2) image recognition program for coral condition statistics, 3) A 3D-printed desk organizer, and 4) Design and Development of an e-Health System. In this paper, MEP Scholars present details of their projects and share their thoughts and reflections about the MEPS program and how the impact of this NSF-supported program has been expanded to other students in STEM fields.

Wang, H. H., & Clements, L. A. J., & Leong, C., & Chalkley, M. M., & Maines, C. (2018, June), Work in Progress: Co-curricular and Extracurricular Experiences of NSF-supported Scholars Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31274

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