Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Information Literacy in Engineering and Engineering Technology"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
Engineering Technology and Engineering Education
Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to better understand how technology and engineering students are similar and different in, for example, how they gather and use information and solve ill-defined problems. What we learn will help us to share best practices across the two professional fields, and also, provide insight into improving students’ information literacy skills. Our research approach will be to collect data through (1) performance tasks, (2) reviews of student design reports, and (3) surveys.
Expected Student Contributions:
Our team is at the very beginning of the research process on this project. We are excited about adding undergraduate research interns to our team because they will have student perspectives about the learning processes of technology and engineering students. The interns will have an opportunity to learn diverse aspects of the research process as they help develop data collection tools, performance tasks, application materials to get permission to study human subjects, carryout the data collection activities, conduct analyses, and write reports on the results. In other words, interns will have the chance to work on all aspects of the research and function as active members of our research team.
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Desired Qualifications:
• Good course grades/strong academic standing (required) • Strong interest in research (required) • Reliable, organized, strong work ethics • Strong communication skills (required) • Experience in either engineering and/or technology (desired) • Prior research experience (desired)
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Fosmire, Michael

Student Supervisor

Senay Purzer
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Senay Purzer
Engineering Education
Sergey Dubikovsky
Aviation Technology