Current Undergraduate Students

Dorian Bobbett

Chemical Engineering

Program & Project Year: McNair Scholar Summer 2021 - present

Project Advisor: Dr. Grace Panther

Project Title: RAPID: Faculty Adaptability and Community Engagement when Teaching in a Crisis

Description: Instructors at colleges and universities around the world had to rapidly alter their teaching methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic to accommodate remote and hybrid learning. Instructors had to constantly make adjustments from Spring 2020 through Spring 2021 semesters due to the ever evolving situation. The purpose of this case study was to examine how one engineering faculty member responded to the change in teaching format through the lens of adaptability. The research questions include: (1) How did the challenges that one instructor faced during emergency remote teaching impact their behaviors? (2) How did the instructor's behavioral adaptability lead to teaching successes during emergency remote teaching?

Project Dissemination: Poster1

Morgan McArthur

Biological System Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

Program & Project Year: Undergraduate Research Summer 2021 - present

Project Advisor: Dr. Heidi Diefes-Dux

Project Title:  Virtual/Augmented-Reality-Based Discipline Exploration Rotations (VADERS) in Architectural Engineering

Description: Students in Architectural Engineering (AE) often struggle with to select a subdiscipline due to their low exposure and engagement with topics that would inform their decision. A lack of early university-level exposure to the real-world practice of AE may undermine students’ self-efficacy with a subdiscipline and contribute to ongoing attrition, particularly among underrepresented groups. Previous research indicates that the immersive nature of VR/AR can increase student engagement in and motivation for learning course content and making career path decisions. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a VR/AR intervention on first-year AE students’ understanding of the AE subdisciplines and choice for future study, with particular attention to demographic subgroup differences.

Project Dissemination: Poster1

Emily Stratman

Biological System Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

Program & Project Year: Undergraduate Research Summer 2021 - present

Project Advisor: Dr. Heidi Diefes-Dux

Project Title: Metacognitive Dimensions Found in First-Year Engineering Students' Self-Reflections

Description: New engineering educators are often unaware that students struggle to reach a deep level of metacognitive processing when reflecting on thinking/learning strategies. Differently worded reflection prompts have the potential to elicit distinctive student responses in terms of their engagement in thinking about their weekly performance in a course and the learning strategies they use to meet course objectives. The research question being addressed in this study is: How do reflection prompts impact the type (planning, monitoring, and evaluation) and level of metacognition expressed by first-year engineering students in weekly reflections on their learning?

Project Dissemination: Poster1