Sunday, 10 January 2016
Hall E ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
An undergraduate geoscience research program is a fundamental portal through which geoscience knowledge may be acquired and disseminated. A viable model to introduce, stimulate, and prolong geoscience education has been designed and implemented at the New York City College of Technology through a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in satellite and ground-based remote sensing that targets underrepresented minority students. The program is comprised of three primary components: Structured Learning Environments: Preparation and Mentorship, Student Support and Safety Nets, and Vision and Impetus for Advancement. A quantitative study was conducted to examine the effects of the REU program and its components. The goal was to understand if this program leads more students to obtain Master's and Doctoral degrees, to pursue Geoscience careers, and to enter the STEM workforce. From the survey response, 68% of the REU students are from underrepresented minority groups in STEM. Of the 37 students, 14 have graduated with their Bachelor's degree (23 are currently pursuing their Bachelor's), six have enrolled in a Master's program, two have graduated with their Master's degrees and one is continuing to pursue his doctorate. Moreover, the skills participants found most practical were the professional development training, the academic support, and the undergraduate research experience.
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