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Impact of undergraduate research participation in characterization of materials
Author(s): Aschalew Kassu; Carlton Farley III; Jonathan Mills; Anup Sharma; Paul Ruffin

Paper Abstract

Nowadays, undergraduate research is recognized as an essential component of STEM discipline enhancing students learning outcome. As a result, governmental and non-governmental agencies have been allocating a substantial amount of funding and resources to support undergraduate students through scholarships and research activities. In addition to reinforcing the traditional classroom learning experience and providing the students with hands-on experience early on in their studies, undergraduate research is one of the key motivating factors to pursue graduate education and advance careers in STEM fields. In this paper, the positive impact of mentoring and engaging undergraduate students in paid research activities, and the project outcomes including awards and recognitions received by the students are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2018
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10741, Optics Education and Outreach V, 1074106 (14 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2320310
Show Author Affiliations
Aschalew Kassu, Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)
Carlton Farley III, Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)
Jonathan Mills, Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)
Anup Sharma, Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)
Paul Ruffin, Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10741:
Optics Education and Outreach V
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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