Title: Student Engagement at the Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines: Best Practices to Bridge Research and Education at UC Merced
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Petia Gueorguieva, University of California Merced, United States
Sayantani Ghosh, University of California Merced, United States
Established in Fall 2016 within the National Science Foundation funded Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) at UC Merced, the CCBM Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program provides academic year and summer research opportunities to undergraduate students, supporting the university’s mission of teaching and research. The main goals of the program are to foster interdisciplinary research and advance participants’ learning experiences through nurturing their creativity and professional development. Up to date, the programs supported scholars through 223 fellowships, of which 74% are to students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM . Keeping in mind the importance of undergraduate research [2, 3, 4], the vast diversity of our program’s scholars, and the fact that participation of minorities and women in the STEM field is still underrepresented , we are motivated to present our work and share our best practices on bridging research and education, supporting students from underrepresented groups, and overall, fostering a scholarly community. We present program components and outline the positive impacts of the activities on student participants. To achieve meaningful evaluation of the CCBM undergraduate program goals, we apply a combination of direct and indirect assessment methods. Evidence of our evaluation strategies and specific results is also discussed in the presentation. References available upon request.
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