Creating and Fostering STEM Undergraduate Research at CNM

Where: CNM Faculty Focus Day (Virtual using site license)

When: September 2020

Who: STEM Faculty

Workshop Goals

  • Educate faculty/administrators/staff on the topic of undergraduate research within community college environment and why it is important. Introduce the benefits of student engagement in authentic research early-on
  • Introduce faculty/administrators/staff to the various models for integrating research into courses, curriculum and the community college environment
  • Establish a community of STEM faculty/administrators/staff interested in mentoring students in research
  • Engage faculty in the awareness and benefit of science-practice of within their disciplines
  • Present an awareness of the barriers and challenges, e.g., stipend, infrastructure and research expenses
  • Initiate Student recruitment strategies
  • Examine college, government and industry partnerships

Workshop Description

Are you interested in sharing your passion of research with the next generation of scientists? If this sounds like you, this workshop is for you. This workshop presents an interactive-format which is designed to introduce and get CNM faculty thinking about the possibility of creating and implementing authentic student research opportunities within our CNM community college environment. Participants will be introduced to the various undergraduate research engagement models ranging from embedding research directly into the community college STEM curriculum to establishing research experiences that are broader than a traditional lab- or course-based projects. A brief overview, which exemplifies a current proof-of-concept research activity currently underway at CNM followed by an extended Q & A discussion will also be presented. The interactive-format includes a round table collegial discussion focused on the benefits, challenges and feasibility of implementing student research elements/programs. Informal discussions and breakout brainstorming sessions, integrating audience experience, expertise and ideas, will be an active part the workshops dialog. The intended outcome of this workshop is to raise CNM's STEM faculty awareness with respect to the benefits, pathways, logistics, and challenges associated with creating/adopting and implementing an authentic research component at CNM and to establish a working group composed of interested faculty who will create an action plan for the path forward.

Workshop Conveners

  • Leo Silbert and Melanie Will-Cole

If you would like further information about the workshop, please contact TEAM MEMBER @ EMAIL ADDRESS

This workshop is part of the Supporting and Advancing Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges: Faculty as Change Agents project and is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education through grants DUE 1525593, 1524605, 1524623, and 1524800.

Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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