|About this Abstract
||2022 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Designing Inclusive Research Experiences for Undergraduates: A Case Study on the Stanford Materials Science and Engineering REU Program
||Rajan Kumar, Abby Carbone
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
The Stanford Materials Science and Engineering community is committed to improving equity and inclusion in higher education. We believe increasing access to undergraduate research opportunities is a critical step towards improving recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in STEM. In this talk, we introduce a template for designing inclusive undergraduate research experiences as demonstrated through the Stanford MatSci REU Program. Our primary goal is to introduce students without prior research experience to multidisciplinary topics that showcase how materials science and engineering can be used to tackle important societal challenges. By implementing mentorship and communication guidelines, we establish best practices for ensuring positive outcomes in all student research experiences. Furthermore, our program provides broad career guidance by helping students develop tangible research and communication skills, exposing students to a variety of technical careers and graduate school opportunities, and supporting student mentorship through our community of students, faculty, and alumni.
||Planned: TMS Journal: JOM
||Other, Other, Other