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1 Integration of Education, Outreach and Diversity Programs Tanjula Farlough Director of Education and Outreach Tuskegee University Center for Advanced Materials (T-CAM) Tuskegee, AL NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science ( E 3 S) Cambridge, MA November 8, 2010

2 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 Primary Goal: Increase and strengthen Tuskegees diverse pipeline of engineering and science students who will enter the future workforceand graduate programs.. Improve the deliveries of outreach programs Recruit minority students to increase participation in STEM Motivate and excite students

4 The Mission of T-CAM To strive for a fundamental understanding of the nature of advanced materials towards the goal of industrial and military applications To motivate and educate minority students, undergraduate through Ph.D., in the science and engineering of advanced materials

5 NSF-PREM Partnership for Research and Education in nano Materials Science and Engineering US Army- ARO Center of Excellence for Battlefield Capability Enhancement NSF-IGERT Multidisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Training in Nanomaterials Science and Engineering NSF-CREST Synthesis, Manufacturing and Characterization of Structural Nanocomposites NSF-RISE Resrarch Infrastructure in Science and Education of Nano Materiuaterials US Army Construction Engineering Laboratory Durability and Life Assessment of FRP Composites for Army Facilities ONR Fiber Reinforced Polymer Nanocomposites for Marine Applications Center for Advanced Materials (T-CAM) RESEARCH ROGRAMS US Air Force - AFRL The Minority Leaders Nanocomposites Research and Education Program NSF-REU TU REU Site in Material Science and Engineering NSF/EPSCOR Alabama Center for Structural Nano Materials

6 Education/outreach/diversity with fully integrated research Exposing students to broad career paths Allows for some risk-taking in helping trainees find career paths Providing a strong education team Ongoing assessment in addition to formal evaluation to improve programs

7 Course Development Involvement of students in Research Student and faculty interactions with MRSECs Mentoring Workshops Workshops of Graduate School Opportunities

8 Diversity mission in outreach programs is to increase the number of underrepresented groups in science and engineering by fostering increased interest in: Staff Students Faculty

9 MENTORING WORKSHOP The 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 Annual Mentoring Workshop Dr. Howard Adams CEO, H. G. Adams & Associates and former Executive Director of GEM Dr. Melissa Hines Director, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), Cornell University Dr. Amanda Goodson Senior Manager, Quality and Mission Assurance, Raytheon Missile Systems MENTORING WORKSHOP

11 2007 Mentoring Workshop Dr. Howard G. Adams, CEO, H.G. Adams Associates Dr. Amanda Goodson, Senior Scientist, Raytheon Missile Systems Dr. Melissa Himes, Professor of Chemistry, Director of MRSEC, Cornell University 2008 Mentoring Workshop Dr. 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 University 2008 Mentoring Workshop Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, Chairman, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Information Engineering Department; Morgan State University Dr. Christopher Umbach, Visiting Assistant Professor/Visiting Scientist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University 2010 Mentoring Workshop Dr. Howard G. Adams, CEO, H.G. Adams Associates Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, Dean, College of Engineering, Tennessee State University Dr. Melissa Himes, Professor of Chemistry, Director of MRSEC, Cornell University

12 Primary Objective: Motivate students to pursue graduate studies in STEM fields Secondary 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 Professional Goal 2: Inspire Students to Enter Graduate STEM Degree Areas and Pursue Related Careers

14 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 OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

15 The 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 Exploration in Electrical Engineering -Transistors and Solar Cells: Emilia Tolbert, Mehvish Anwar, Keyara Moore Effect of Wood Flour Treatment on the Properties of Epoxy Composites: Bianca Davis Chemical and Physical Properties of Lip Gloss Alexandria Bufford & Khawla Suhaila

17 Effect of Chemical & Natural Hair Lightening Treatments on the Properties of Human Hair: Juanita Grant and Derriya Sankey Mechanical Properties of Wood Flour Reinforced Polyurethane Composites Tyquan McMillan, Whitney Shannon, and Micheal Wallace

18 Increase the number of undergraduate minorities involved in material science and engineering research Foster improvements in student technical writing and presentation skills Introduce students to research ethics Provide contact with minority science role models

19 Safety/Lab Orientation Day Ethics seminar (philosophy, National Center for Bioethics) Introduction to Research course GRE Prep weekend (Genius 360) Ethics field trip to New Orleans in combination with Integrative Biosciences REU Research projects (~40 hours/week); all assigned to graduate student mentor

20 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 exposure Teachers 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.

21 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 University 10 Alabama Teachers received $500 stipends in addition to paid travel & lodging for 10 days while at Clemson 2010: 10 RET 90% African American 10% Caucasian 80% Female 20% Male

22 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY OPEN HOUSE To hold 1 day event annually showcasing programs and campus with lab and facility tours.

23 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY OPEN HOUSE Inform Larger Community Research Generated K-12/Post-Secondary Teachers and Students Civic/Government Organizations Day Long Program Student Posters/Presentations Includes REU, RET, REH 100 Participants Per Year (50 Minority)

24 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 Maintaining communication with all audiences and stakeholders Meeting regularly to maintain communication and increase mutual trust Providing data of program progression (formative and summative) Maintain flexibility and willingness to readily adapt to change are key elements in the process WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION & OUTREACH

26 Working in isolation Assuming we know what our audiences need Creating programs without audience participation Reinventing the wheel WHAT DOES NOT WORK IN EDUCATION & OUTREACH

27 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 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 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.

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31 Integration of Education, Outreach and Diversity Programs Tanjula Farlough (334) Director of Education and Outreach Tuskegee University Center for Advanced Materials (T-CAM) Tuskegee, AL NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science ( E 3 S) Cambridge, MA November 8, 2010


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