Helping undergraduate engineering students discover their interests (and reduce their fear of research)

Mary R. Anderson-Rowland, Armando Rodriguez, Anita E. Grierson

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on undergraduate research. High tech companies need research to keep them competitive. This paper addresses the issue of getting engineering and computer science students interested in focused engineering and computer science areas so they are excited about these topics and want to learn more by doing research in that area. Our method is to encourage the student to research and write an interest paper as a first step to writing a proposal to seek and do organized research. In order to evaluate this approach, a survey was completed by 57 students in an Academic Success and Professional Development class who were assigned the writing of an interest paper in engineering or computer science. Results show that the assignment was successful for some students in leading them to an area of research in which they were interested and in other cases learning that they were not that interested in a particular area. Other students found a second interest. In this assignment, some students used an engineering data base for the first time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Volume2015-December
ISBN (Print)9781479984534
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2015
Event2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015 - El Paso, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2015Oct 24 2015

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Other2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015
CountryUnited States
CityEl Paso
Period10/21/1510/24/15

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Keywords

  • Increasing Interest in Engineering Topics
  • Research
  • Undergraduate Engineering and Computer Science Students

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  • Computer Science Applications
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  • Education

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Anderson-Rowland, M. R., Rodriguez, A., & Grierson, A. E. (2015). Helping undergraduate engineering students discover their interests (and reduce their fear of research). In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (Vol. 2015-December). [7344275] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344275

Helping undergraduate engineering students discover their interests (and reduce their fear of research). / Anderson-Rowland, Mary R.; Rodriguez, Armando; Grierson, Anita E.

Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Vol. 2015-December Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. 7344275.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Anderson-Rowland, MR, Rodriguez, A & Grierson, AE 2015, Helping undergraduate engineering students discover their interests (and reduce their fear of research). in Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. vol. 2015-December, 7344275, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015, El Paso, United States, 10/21/15. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344275
Anderson-Rowland MR, Rodriguez A, Grierson AE. Helping undergraduate engineering students discover their interests (and reduce their fear of research). In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Vol. 2015-December. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2015. 7344275 https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344275
Anderson-Rowland, Mary R. ; Rodriguez, Armando ; Grierson, Anita E. / Helping undergraduate engineering students discover their interests (and reduce their fear of research). Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Vol. 2015-December Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015.
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