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Developing global competence is important for engineering students, but many students find it challenging to participate in traditional study abroad programs for financial or scheduling reasons . These concerns can be addressed through international research experiences, which not only support the development of students’ global competence , but also provide benefits and opportunities for faculty members. The purpose of this study is to explore the benefits, opportunities and challenges that faculty members identify to leading an international research experience for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. U.S.-based faculty and a sample of international partners from nine NSF-funded International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) programs were interviewed to understand how they have structured their programs and what the outcomes of the programs have been for students and their own research. Programs were chosen to reflect a diversity in length of the IRES grant, global region of the international partner institution where the students traveled for the research experience, as well as U.S. institution.
This work-in-progress paper will compare the structure of these nine programs and identify best practices in the coordination of international research programs. We will discuss a variety of program design decisions including pre-program orientation activities, student deliverables, in-country logistics, and unique program features. We will also explore how IRES and resulting research collaborations have influenced both faculty members’ research and the departments and colleges hosting the IRES programs. Engaging engineering faculty members in designing and running global engineering programs can often be challenging, but international research programs offer a structure that can benefit both faculty and students.
Sanderlin, N. P., & Davis, K. A., & Knight, D. B. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Design Considerations for an International Research Program for Students: Learning from Existing Programs Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35626
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