ASEE Student Division Launches Mentorship Program

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The ASEE Student Division has just launched a new mentorship program, which is being spearheaded by Eric Kjolsing, the current membership chair for the ASEE Student Division. There has already been a great response, with over 75 participants. As we continue with the program, we hope to get as many students and professional members involved as possible.

We are matching mentors with mentees based on mentorship needs and professional interests. It is a great opportunity for mentors to give back to the community, and for new researchers and educators to participate as mentees so they can learn from veterans in the field. If you would like to participate, as either a mentor or mentee, please visit the Student Division website’s mentorship page and sign up! If you have any questions regarding this new program, email Erik Kjolsing at ASEESDMentorship@gmail.com.

New Website Illuminates College Admissions

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Do you know a high school or community college student who wonders how best to figure out admission chances to four-year colleges? A new website called Statfuse aims to help. Created by  entrepreneurs Supan Shah and Jeet Banerjee, both on leave from California state colleges, the website uses statistics to determine whether or not a student qualifies for his or her dream school.

The site takes some user information, including GPA, SAT scores, and extracurricular activities, as well as admissions data directly from university databases, to determine a probability of whether or not the user will be admitted. Applicants can build their own free profiles of the universities they’re interested in to compare the odds side by side.

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2014 Annual Conference Abstracts and Updated Jobs

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A message from Program Chair Gurlovleen Rathore on submitting abstracts for ASEE’s 2014 Conference:

The 2014 ASEE Annual Conference abstract submission phase is currently open and the submission deadline is fast approaching. The abstract submission deadline is October 20th, 2013. As a reminder, the Student Division Call for Papers & Posters is available at http://tinyurl.com/mwekamx. Please note that the focus of papers and posters is engineering education research and not engineering research. 

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Student Division New Officers and Other Updates

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Congratulations to the officers who were elected during our last ASEE student division business meeting. The student division officers for the 2013-2014 term are:

  • Division Chair – Katie Nelson
  • Program Chair – Gurlovleen Rathore
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Peter Weley Odom
  • Assistant Program Chair – Cassandra Groen
  • Information Chair – Jacob Bishop
  • Membership Chair – Eric Kjolsing
  • Student Chapter Chair – Scottie-Beth Fleming
  • Best Paper Chair – Ruth Wertz

Check out the officers page on the Student Division website for other information, including pictures and research interests.

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Katie Nelson Offers a View From the Trenches

A special Summer issue of Prism is built around ASEE’s 120th anniversary. As part of an article entitled “Forward Thinkers,” writer Robin Tatu interviewed Katie Nelson, incoming chair of the Student Division. Here’s an excerpt from the article.

“An emerging generation of engineering educators may point the way to a more inclusive approach and alternate pathways into the field.  Katie Nelson is one of this new breed. With a B.A. and M.A. in environmental engineering, she is now earning a Ph.D. at Arizona State University’s Teacher College. Nelson speaks with passion of her interest in pedagogy, noting that most students in this relatively new discipline consider themselves “in the trenches,” as they pursue research they believe will produce improved teaching – and engineering practice.”

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