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Interdisciplinary Research in Korea on Applied smart systems (IRiKA) for Undergraduate Students is an NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program that will provide a cohort of five US undergraduate students per year with the opportunity to conduct research for eight (8) weeks at Seoul National University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology or Ewha Womans University in Korea. The purpose of this program is to engage undergraduate students in interdisciplinary research, help them develop a global perspective on collaboration, and motivate them to pursue a career in STEM research. Over the lifetime of this 3-year project (2019-2021), the participating institutions will have a cohort of 5 students every year for a total of 15. Specific plans are in place to recruit from underrepresented groups.
The unifying research theme of IRiKA is smart systems with the subtopics of sensors, emerging electronics, and materials & process development. The theme leverages previous, ongoing, and new collaborations between the three US-based lead investigators and the Korean partner institutions. In addition to lab work and weekly cohort meetings to discuss progress, IRiKA students will have the opportunity to visit Korea's government research institutions and global leaders in the tech industry such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai and engage in cultural experiences. IRiKA will contribute to the professional development of both US participants and Korean partners by providing training on research mentorship and communication.
In this Work-in-Progress paper, we report the results and reflect on the first year of the IRiKA program, which ran from June 2019 to August 2019. The first co-hort of five students were selected in January 2019. Three among the five participants were underrepresented minority students. To evaluate the program, we used formative and summative assessments. Entrance surveys, exit surveys, and program evaluations were used to collect qualitative data. The qualitative method involved interviews with students, analysis of students’ weekly blog posts, and conversations with the Korean mentors. The results of the analysis were and will be used to reflect on the curriculum and form a basis for possible future revisions.
Kim, G. J., & Yoon, Y. K., & Choi, J. (2020, June), Work in Progress: NSF IRES – Interdisciplinary Research in Korea on Applied Smart Systems (IRiKA) for Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35673
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