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    EDUCATION NIGHT! "Sustaining the Pipeline of Underrepresented Groups in STEM via the Classroom and Research Lab" - Prof. Reginald Rogers • PLUS Edu Wkshop, Posters, Scholarships

    September 21, 2018
    5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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    EDUCATION NIGHT!

    Prof. Reginald Rogers

    - Rochester Institute of Technology -
    Department of Chemical Engineering

    "Sustaining the Pipeline of Underrepresented Groups in STEM
    via the Classroom and Research Lab
    "

    PLUS
    • Pre-dinner Workshop by Sherri Rukes •
    • Student Research Poster Session •
     • Scholarship Presentations •

    ABSTRACT

    Education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to be a strong focus for students in the United States. Transitioning from high school to college has revealed weaknesses that must be addressed in the early stages of college for students to be considered certified for careers in STEM fields beyond graduation. Individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented are significantly impacted by sharp differences in the high school education received compared to peers in non-underrepresented groups. The weaknesses observed by underrepresented minorities (URM), in particular, has led to abnormally high attrition rates at the college level. To combat the low degree completion rate, efforts must be enhanced to engage URM students more effectively in and out of the classroom. Many of these students are looking for opportunities to step outside of their comfort zone to determine what they like to do in the long term. Connecting classroom learning to experiences in the research laboratory is one way to help URM students overcome barriers to completing their degree. Working in a research laboratory provides hands-on skills URM students may not have received in high school such that they can visually see how the learning in the classroom translates into practical applications for the real world. In this presentation, a discussion on one approach to sustaining the pipeline of URM students in STEM education will be shared. Stress will be placed on active engagement of faculty in the mentoring of URM students to help them realize their potential in STEM fields and curb the high attrition rates. The tools and tips shared will hopefully provide insight into how we can ensure the pipeline of solid talent does not stop flowing.

    PROGRAM

    • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration and Poster Session
    • 5:45 - 6:30  Pre-dinner presenation by Sherri Rukes
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner 
    • 7:30 - 7:45  Introductory remarks and Presentation of High School Scholarships
    • 7:45 - 8:30  Lecture by Prof. Rogers
    • 8:30+          Networking

    LOCATIONS:

    • MAIN SITE (With live speaker): TBD
    • STREAMING LOCATION #1: TBD
    • STREAMING LOCATION #2: TBD
    • STREAMING LOCATION #3: TBD

    POSTER SESSION

    Undergraduates will present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize! Register your poster here:

     ** http://chicagoacs.org/form.php?form_id=41 **

    PRE-DINNER WORKSHOP:

    Sherri Rukes,
    Teacher, Libertyville High School
    President, American Association of Chemistry Teachers


    Workshop title TBD

    Description TBD

    DINNER - Depends on location:

    MAIN SITE: TBD TBD

    REMOTE SITE #1:  TBD TBD

    REMOTE SITE #2 TBD TBD

    REMOTE SITE #3 TBD TBD

    RESERVATIONS:

    Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Monday, September 17
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, September 20

    QUESTIONS OR NON-WEB RESERVATIONS?  Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email (chicagoacs@ameritech.net).

    BIOGRAPHY

    Dr. Reginald Rogers currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, Dr. Rogers completed his undergraduate degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his MS degree at Northeastern University, and his Ph.D. at The University of Michigan, all in Chemical Engineering. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at RIT leading up to his faculty appointment. His research interests are focused on improved water resources using novel nanomaterials and advanced cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries. As an educator, Dr. Rogers has continuously integrated undergraduate students within his research efforts to broaden their perspectives on their potential roles on societal challenges as rising engineers. Whether the learning is in or out of the classroom, students are drawn into a unique learning environment, which Dr. Rogers creates to enhance their learning potential. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rogers is passionate about mentoring the next generation of students and colleagues to ensure they are confident in their life goals. Dr. Rogers has been recognized for his teaching, research, and service efforts through several invited seminars and awards. Notable awards include the 2015 Partner of the Year Award from RIT’s Multicultural Center for Academic Success, the 2016 Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from RIT, the 2017 Emerging Investigator designation from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2015 Joseph N. Cannon Award in Chemical Engineering and the 2017 Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and the 2018 Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers.


    MAIN LOCATION - DIRECTIONS and PARKING:

    LIVE LECTURE:

    Institution
    Building, room
    Street address (entrance location)
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Map & Directions: << link >>

    PARKING: $0.00 cash/credit

    Parking Structure
    Street address; Chicago, IL 60607


    STREAMING LOCATIONS - DIRECTIONS and PARKING:

    STREAMING LOCATION #1:

    TBD
    Building, room TBD
    Street address (entrance location)
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Map:

    PARKING:

     

    STREAMING LOCATION #2:

    TBD
    Building, room TBD
    Street address (entrance location)
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Map:

     

    PARKING: Free

     

    STREAMING LOCATION #3:

    Usually Purdue University Northwest
    Gyte Building, Room 240
    2200 169th St.
    Hammond, IN  46323
    Street address (entrance location)
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Map: http://chicagoacs.org/images/downloads/Maps_of_venues/purduenw_map.pdf

    PARKING: Free