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Work in Progress: Longitudinal Study of Identity-based Motivation of Students Participating in Chemical Engineering Research Center Programs

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Efforts to Understand and Support Students' Socioemotional Factors

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Educational Research and Methods

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Joana Marques Melo Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Joana Marques Melo, PhD is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Engineering Education at Purdue University. Dr. Marques Melo graduated from Penn State University with a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering. She also earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from ISEP in Portugal, and her master's degree in Energy for Sustainable Development from UPC in Spain. Her research interests include quantitative and qualitative methods for engineering education research, diversity in engineering education, and technical communication in engineering.

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Allison Godwin Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Allison Godwin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education and Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. Her research focuses what factors influence diverse students to choose engineering and stay in engineering through their careers and how different experiences within the practice and culture of engineering foster or hinder belongingness and identity development. Dr. Godwin graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering and Science Education. Her research earned her a National Science Foundation CAREER Award focused on characterizing latent diversity, which includes diverse attitudes, mindsets, and approaches to learning, to understand engineering students’ identity development. She has won several awards for her research including the 2016 American Society of Engineering Education Educational Research and Methods Division Best Paper Award and the 2018 Benjamin J. Dasher Best Paper Award for the IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. She has also been recognized for the synergy of research and teaching as an invited participant of the 2016 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium and the Purdue University 2018 recipient of School of Engineering Education Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2018 College of Engineering Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award.

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This Work in Progress paper describes the ongoing process of studying the development of students’ Identity-based Motivation through participation in STEM programs offered by the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC). We hope to understand specific Engineering Workforce Development program practices that support students' STEM identities and motivation for STEM careers. In this paper, we discuss the development and considerations for conducting longitudinal work across a wide timeline (from K-12 students to graduate students engaged with CISTAR).

Marques Melo, J., & Godwin, A. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Longitudinal Study of Identity-based Motivation of Students Participating in Chemical Engineering Research Center Programs Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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