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1 Integration of Education, Outreach and Diversity Programs Tanjula FarloughDirector of Education and OutreachTuskegee UniversityCenter for Advanced Materials (T-CAM)Tuskegee, ALNSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S)Cambridge, MANovember 8, 2010
2 National Science Foundation mission for education and outreach NSF is committed to fostering connections between discoveries and their use in service to society through education and outreach programs.The knowledge provided by NSF-funded projects should offer a rich foundation for its broad and useful application.(NSF GPRA Strategic Plan )
3 Education & Outreach Programs Primary Goal: Increase and strengthen Tuskegee’s diverse pipeline of engineering and science students who will enter the future workforceand graduate programs..Improve the deliveries of outreach programsRecruit minority students to increase participation in STEMMotivate and excite students
4 The Mission of T-CAMTo strive for a fundamental understanding of the nature of advanced materials towards the goal of industrial and military applicationsTo motivate and educate minority students, undergraduate through Ph.D., in the science and engineering of advanced materials
5 5 US Air Force - AFRL The Minority Leaders Nanocomposites Research and Education ProgramNSF-CRESTSynthesis, Manufacturing and Characterization of Structural NanocompositesNSF-IGERTMultidisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Training in Nanomaterials Science and EngineeringUS Army- AROCenter of Excellence for Battlefield Capability EnhancementNSF-RISEResrarch Infrastructure in Science and Education of Nano MateriuaterialsCenter for Advanced Materials(T-CAM)RESEARCH ROGRAMSNSF-PREMPartnership for Research and Education in nano Materials Science and EngineeringONRFiber Reinforced Polymer Nanocomposites for Marine ApplicationsNSF/EPSCORAlabama Center for Structural Nano MaterialsUS Army Construction Engineering LaboratoryDurability and Life Assessment of FRP Composites for Army FacilitiesNSF-REUTU REU Site in Material Science and Engineering5
6 Education & Outreach Program Education/outreach/diversity with fully integrated researchExposing students to broad career pathsAllows for some risk-taking in helping trainees find career pathsProviding a strong education teamOngoing assessment in addition to formal evaluation to improve programs
7 Education Course Development Involvement of students in Research Student and faculty interactions with MRSECsMentoring WorkshopsWorkshops of Graduate School Opportunities
8 DIVERSITY in outreach programs Diversity mission in outreach programs is to increase the number of underrepresented groups in science and engineering by fostering increased interest in:StaffStudentsFaculty
9 Mentoring WorkshopThe objective of this workshop was to train graduate students to become effective mentors and consider academic positions.TU sponsored a mentoring workshop through the PREM grant for graduate students in Materials Science and Engineering.The invitation was also extended to the students pursuing PhD degrees in Integrative Biosciences as well as junior members of TU faculty. The workshop presenters included Dr. Keith Hargrove, Chair of Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Information Engineering, Morgan State University and Dr. Christopher Umbach, Visiting Scientist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Cornell University. Following the presentation by these two, a student panel discussion was held.
10 Mentoring Workshop Annual Mentoring Workshop Dr. Howard Adams CEO, H. G. Adams & Associates and former Executive Director of GEMDr. Amanda GoodsonSenior Manager, Quality and Mission Assurance, Raytheon Missile SystemsDr. Melissa HinesDirector, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), Cornell University
11 MENTORING WORKSHOPS 2007 Mentoring Workshop Dr. Howard G. Adams, CEO, H.G. Adams AssociatesDr. Amanda Goodson, Senior Scientist, Raytheon Missile SystemsDr. Melissa Himes, Professor of Chemistry, Director of MRSEC, Cornell University 2008 Mentoring WorkshopDr. Joseph s. Francisco, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University Dr. Anil Netravali, Professor, Textile Engineering, Cornell University Dr. Kit Umbach, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University2008 Mentoring WorkshopDr. S. Keith Hargrove, Chairman, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Information Engineering Department; Morgan State UniversityDr. Christopher Umbach, Visiting Assistant Professor/Visiting Scientist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University2010 Mentoring WorkshopDr. S. Keith Hargrove, Dean, College of Engineering, Tennessee State University
12 Annual Workshop on Graduate School Opportunities Primary Objective:Motivate students to pursue graduate studies in STEM fieldsSecondary Objective:Recruit minority graduate students for the STEM fields
13 Graduate School/Student Opportunities Workshop Goal 1: Provide Awareness of Opportunities in Nano-Bio Programs in Alabama: Educational and ProfessionalGoal 2: Inspire Students to Enter Graduate STEM Degree Areas and Pursue Related Careers
14 OUTREACH Opportunities Research Experience for High school students (REH)Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)Research Experience for Teachers (RET)Nano-Bio Science Academy for Teachers (NBSAT)Science and Technology Open House
15 Research Experiences for High School Goals Field Trip to the McWane Science CenterMuseum with hands on Engineering ActivitiesField Trip to Orange Beach to Perform Research on the Oil SpillSpeakers from multiple areas in EngineeringExtensive ResearchThe Research Experiences for High School students (REH) program recruits highly motivated and qualified students in the neighboring counties, wishing to gain first hand experience in Material Sciences, and conduct field research under the direct supervision of graduate students and mentors from Tuskegee University. The program has the broad goal of developing and sustaining innovative, technology-enriched initiatives that motivate student learning in STEM and engage high school students in pursuing scientific and technical careers.
16 Alexandria Bufford & Khawla Suhaila REH STUDENT RESEARCHExploration in Electrical Engineering -Transistors and Solar Cells: Emilia Tolbert, Mehvish Anwar, Keyara MooreEffect of Wood Flour Treatment on the Properties of Epoxy Composites: Bianca DavisChemical and Physical Properties of Lip GlossAlexandria Bufford & Khawla Suhaila
17 REH STUDENT RESEARCHEffect of Chemical & Natural Hair Lightening Treatments on the Properties of Human Hair:Juanita Grant and Derriya SankeyField Trip to the McWane Science CenterMuseum with hands on Engineering ActivitiesField Trip to Orange Beach to Perform Research on the Oil SpillSpeakers from multiple areas in EngineeringExtensive ResearchMechanical Properties of Wood Flour Reinforced Polyurethane CompositesTyquan McMillan, Whitney Shannon, and Micheal Wallace
18 Research experience for Undergraduates Increase the number of undergraduate minorities involved in material science and engineering researchFoster improvements in student technical writing and presentation skillsIntroduce students to research ethicsProvide contact with minority science role models8 Week Program21 Undergraduate StudentsRotating CampusesReceive $4,000 Stipends$1,200/Student Travel &Supplies2010 REU Participants100% African American33% Female66% Male
19 REU Activities Safety/Lab Orientation Day Ethics seminar (philosophy, National Center for Bioethics)Introduction to Research courseGRE Prep weekend (Genius 360)Ethics field trip to New Orleans in combination with Integrative BiosciencesREU Research projects (~40 hours/week); all assigned to graduate student mentorTo introduce REU minority students to RII-3 laboratories.To target REU students from other nano and biotechnology programs in the state for participation from 4 year and 2 year institutions (to include Calhoun CC and Jacksonville State University).
20 Research experience for TEACHERS The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers by involving the teachers in research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge of STEM into classroom activities. The program supports the active involvement of K-12 teachers providing them with an intense four-week research exposureTeachers work with faculty at Tuskegee University biology and chemistry laboratories as a team to understand equipment usage and solve research problems set out by faculty.To introduce REU minority students to RII-3 laboratories.To target REU students from other nano and biotechnology programs in the state for participation from 4 year and 2 year institutions (to include Calhoun CC and Jacksonville State University).
21 Nano Bio Science Academy for Teachers The overall goal is to excite teachers about nano and bio sciences to take excitement and program teaching materials and modules back to students.Nano-Bio Science Academy for Teachers (NBSAT)” will focus on the professional development of teachers with an emphasis of nano and biotechnology. In addition, the academy will provide strategies proven effective with at-risk and diverse learners to increase minority participation in STEM.10 days with SECME at Clemson University10 Alabama Teachers received$500 stipends in addition to paid travel &lodging for 10 days while at Clemson2010: 10 RET90% African American10% Caucasian80% Female20% MaleTuskegee University Nano-Bio Teacher AcademyProvide an improved student support systems and involvement of school teachers.Focus on the professional development of teachers with an emphasis of nano and biotechnologyThe academy will provide strategies proven effective with at-risk and diverse learners to increase minority participation in STEM.Fund ten teachers, on a competitive basis, from the Nano-Bio Science Academy for Teachers, at $1,000 each to develop science experiments that would enhance student learning
22 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Open House To hold 1 day event annually showcasing programs and campus with lab and facility tours.Lead by Tuskegee UniversityEncourages Rotating Annually for Co-Hosting on Campus with RII CentersTU Working with LSAMP Campus Coordinators for RecruitmentGoal: To Inform Key Sectors of Research Efforts
23 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Open House Inform Larger Community Research GeneratedK-12/Post-Secondary Teachers and StudentsCivic/Government OrganizationsDay Long ProgramStudent Posters/PresentationsIncludes REU, RET, REH100 Participants Per Year (50 Minority)
24 OVERALL EDUCATION & OUTREACH Objectives To change culture of higher education through training of graduate students, as the next generation of researchers and innovators, on education and outreach activities.To research and evaluate a method for incorporating research-based activities into K-12 programs as an innovative partnership model.
25 WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION & OUTREACH Maintaining communication with all audiences and stakeholdersMeeting regularly to maintain communication and increase mutual trustProviding data of program progression (formative and summative)Maintain flexibility and willingness to readily adapt to change are key elements in the process
26 WHAT DOES NOT WORK IN EDUCATION & OUTREACH Working in isolationAssuming we know what our audiences needCreating programs without audience participationReinventing the wheel
27 Enhance Scientific and Technological Understanding TO COMMUNITY AND CONSTITUIENTS Partner with museums, science centers, and similar institutions to develop exhibits in science, math, and engineering.Involve the public or industry, where possible, in research and education activities.Give science and engineering presentations to the community.Integrate research with education activities in order to communicate in a wide-range context.
28 EVOLVE comprehension While Promoting Teaching, Training and Learning Integrate research activities into the teaching of science, math and engineering at all educational levels (e.g., K-12, undergraduate science majors, non-science majors, and graduate students).• Include students (e.g., K-12, undergraduate science majors, non-science majors, and /or graduate students) as participants in the proposed activities as appropriate.• Participate in the recruitment, training, and/or professional development of K-12 science and math teachers. • Involve graduate and post-doctoral researchers in undergraduate teaching activities.
29 Recommendations for E3S Develop and partner with existing mentoring programs to increase the recruitment and retention of college students and researchers in the field of Electronics.Establish professional development programs for educators and opportunities for pre-college students to gain a greater understanding of Electronics and Engineering.Leadership must provide a vision in the development of educational programs.Train educators and researchers to be engaged.Promote increasing knowledge and awareness of Electronics and, their key roles in Engineering processes.
31 Integration of Education, Outreach and Diversity Programs Tanjula Farlough(334)Director of Education and OutreachTuskegee UniversityCenter for Advanced Materials (T-CAM)Tuskegee, ALNSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S)Cambridge, MANovember 8, 2010