392501 Sustainable Energy REU at Kansas State University

Thursday, November 20, 2014: 10:12 AM
M106 - M107 (Marriott Marquis Atlanta)
Larry Erickson, Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, Keith L. Hohn, Chemical Engineering, Kansa State University, Manhattan, KS and Wendy Griswold, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

For the past six years, we have directed a NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site that focuses on sustainable energy. This REU site supports participants towards achieving four objectives: developing and applying knowledge and skills in the area of mathematics, science, engineering, and research methods; developing an understanding of sustainability as an applied multidisciplinary field encompassing economics, science, and technology, and the social, political, and ethical issues facing contemporary societies; developing a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning by increasing the capacity for self-directed learning and original investigation; and developing skills for communicating scientific and engineering concepts to the public and to K-12 students. Towards achieving these objectives, a variety of activities have been incorporated into our REU program, including research projects on sustainable energy, sustainability seminars, professional development seminars, field trips, group outreach projects, and a closing poster session. This talk will describe these events, their impact on participants, and the lessons learned over the past six years of running our REU program.

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