2006 HEP Award Recipient
The Undergraduate Science Research Program: A Collaborative Effort Between the Northwest College (Houston Community College System)) and the Texas Center for Advanced Materials (University of Houston) Toward Developing Student Interest in Math, Science, and Engineering Through Space Based Research Opportunities
Bart Sheinberg (Northwest College HCC)
The objective of this proposal is to encourage and motivate Houston Community College students to complete their undergraduate academic careers and pursue graduate degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics at the University of Houston.
This proposal represents an ongoing initiative with the Texas Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) to support ten students for ten weeks during summer 2006. The requested $15,000 will provide student stipend and laboratory materials support for three Northwest College students as they participate in the summer research program, focusing on space based research, at CAM, a designated NASA Research Partnership Center. The remaining funds will be solicited from private foundations and corporations as well as substantial matching funds from HCC and UH.
Students will be selected on an academically competitive basis and will be immersed in hands-on, laboratory research in a variety of multidisciplinary environments. With the help of UH faculty mentors, students will learn how to plan and perform experiments, use state-of the-art instrumentation, analyze data, give informal and formal scientific presentations, write scientific reports, and to work both independently and as members of research teams. Student research projects are designed to allow for significant results to be obtained within the ten-week program. At the conclusion of the ten-week research experience, the students will present their findings in a formal poster session to faculty, staff and other students and a summative evaluation will be performed.
Research topics will be multidisciplinary in nature and are anticipated to include the participation of additional UH Centers, departments and faculty. Discussions are ongoing to include active participation at the Johnson Space Center. Based on the success of the 2005 USRP, the University of Houston, College of Natural Sciences and Cullen College of Engineering, have committed to provide scholarships, through the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, to all students who successfully complete the program and transfer to the University of Houston.