Free ticketed event
Undergraduate research experiences are high-impact activities, providing exceptional value for students and faculty alike. Underrepresented students typically have an even greater benefit from participating in undergraduate research. This workshop is for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who mentor undergraduate research assistants and would like to improve their mentoring practices. Ways to discuss research and engage with undergraduates will be presented. Recruiting and onboarding practices will be included with particular focus on recruiting and onboarding underrepresented and nontraditional students. Participants will have an opportunity to reframe their research using the KEEN Entrepreneurial Mindset Framework to discuss it with undergraduate students. Participants will also develop basic recruiting and onboarding strategies and materials. This workshop has been developed as part of a grant from the Kern Family Foundation.
Anastasia Rynearson is an Assistant Professor at Campbell University. She received a PhD from Purdue University in Engineering Education and a B.S. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her teaching experience includes outreach activities at various age levels as well as a position as Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Kanazawa Technical College and Future Faculty Fellow teaching First-Year Engineering at Purdue University. She focused on integrated STEM curriculum development as part of an NSF STEM+C grant as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant through INSPIRE in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her current research interests focus on pathways into engineering and identity development.
Christina Pantoja is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the School of Engineering at Campbell University. She earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Education and a certificate of Teaching and Learning in Engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. in Education from Indiana University, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. Her work experience includes more than fifteen years in education and four years in engineering new product development. She taught First-Year Engineering at Purdue and helped design two new courses. Her research interests include career development, pathways, and retention in engineering, with a specific focus on women and underrepresented minorities.