Welcome to the Fall 2016 Project Page for the “International Engagement and Broadening Participation in STEM …” project, Part IV.
INFORMED CONSENT: Thank you for visiting our website. The content on this page, including information from any webinars or online discussions, will be used to inform our research on international collaborations and the resulting challenges and strategies that either affect or facilitate career-life-balance. You are invited to participate in the discussion and you are free to use any format for your blog name or avatar. Responses from anonymous users are valued equally among those who use identifiable blogger names or those who use pseudonyms. We welcome and encourage participation from the general public, and seek to hear responses from an international audience. Thank you for your participation.
This page is hosted by the PROMISE AGEP, and this unique international project is sponsored by the Graduate Student Development Unit of Graduate School at UMBC. It is inspired by projects that we’ve held in the past through the National Science Foundation: NSF #1449322, Division of Engineering Education and Centers/Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE), and the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Award #1002566 for the University System of Maryland’s LSAMP program. It will be part of the foundation that will be used to develop additional international engagement activities for graduate students in Maryland. This project will feature graduate students who participate in the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program – Award Number: 1500511, and PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, Collaborative Research: AGEP – T: PROMISE AGEP Maryland Transformation # 1309290.
The Project: International Engagement Project for Broadening Participation in STEM
- International Engagement Part 1: Ecuador 2014: https://promiseagep.wordpress.com/promise/collaborative-projects/international-engagement-and-broadening-participation-in-stem-project/. The Paper: Brown, Q, Tull, R. G., Medina, L., Beadle-Holder, M., and Medina, Y. (2015). Factoring Family Considerations into Female Faculty Choices for International Engagement in Engineering, IT, and Computer Science. Paper presented at American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE): 122nd ASEE Annual Conference Exposition, Seattle, WA: American Society for Engineering Education.
- Part 2: STEM Identity. https://promiseagep.wordpress.com/promise/international-engagement-career-life-balance-part-ii-the-case-of-stem-identity-a-2015-continuation/
- Part 3: LACCEI Costa Rica 2016: https://promiseagep.com/promise/laccei2016/
Registration & Preparing for Korea
Student participants will be attending the Global Student Forum (GSF) – part of the Student Platform for Engineering Education (SPEED), and the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Seoul, South Korea, November 4-10, 2016.
- WEEF Website: https://www.weef-gedc2016.org/ (The Global Engineering Deans Council [GEDC] will also hold their conference at this meeting)
- WORLD SPEED for the GSF Website: http://www.worldspeed.org/12thgsf/
- FACULTY LODGING: Faculty will be placed at the InterContinental Seoul COEX
- STUDENT LODGING: Students will be staying in the Hostel Korea for the duration of the GSF and the WEEF conferences: http://www.cdg.hostelkorea.com/room-information
All students, please register for the Global Student Forum (GSF):
Your GSF registration will cover BOTH GSF and WEEF. It will also cover your lodging. We have already discussed your participation with the GSF Chair, and the team is waiting for your registration. We have worked with the GSF Chair in the past. Meet your GSF Chair, Dinesh Radhakrishnan. Dr. David Delaine, whom many of you know as a PROMISE mentor from SPEED conferences in Costa Rica and Colombia, will also be present.
Visit the SPEED International Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/speedinternational/
Specific Items of interest for Participants/travelers from Maryland:
- Be sure that you have checked your email and followed all instructions from Yarazeth Medina and Shirl Curtis regarding travel insurance, forms, travel allowance, etc.
- There will be some importation information that you will have to follow, per the UMBC International Education Services office.
- There will be a pre-travel orientation session.
- AIRLINE information: Students, please plan your calendars so that you can leave the US on Wednesday, Nov. 2, which will allow you to arrive in time for Day 1 of the GSF on Nov. 4. We will plan to leave Korea on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
- Most have already checked with your advisors. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to talk with your advisor about how you will follow-through with assignments, experiments, etc.
- Please be sure that you have had a discussion with your TA or GA supervisor and any peers who may be covering a class for you.
- Bring some extra $$ to share gifts with those who have done something special to facilitate your trip, e.g., Office mate who is covering your office hours, TA peer who is taking your share of correcting exams, lab-mate who is keeping your experiments running, administrative assistant who may be helping with your schedule, your advisor who allowed you to attend, (and of course, family and friends.)
- Attire for the GSF: Casual (Friday – Sunday)
- Attire for the WEEF conference: Business
As US citizens, please remember to VOTE in advance via either early voting or absentee ballot. You will be in Korea during election day (Nov. 8), so you must remember to plan for this in advance.
- Money – South Korean “WON” http://themoneyconverter.com/USD/KRW.aspx Approximately rate of 1 usd for 1,000 won.
- Weather – https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Seoul+South+Korea+KSXX0037:1:KS The average expected accordingly with weather channel from Nov 3 – Nov 10 is Uppers 13 C – 56 F and Lowers 5 C – 40 F. It’s supposed to be rainy season in Seoul, consider bringing a small umbrella.
- Time Zone – KST (-13 Hours — Seoul is 13 hours ahead of Baltimore.) http://www.happyzebra.com/timezones-worldclock/difference-between-Seoul-and-Baltimore.php
Twitter activity is strongly encouraged. Please engage, and include #Thinkbigdiversity with all of your tweets and the conference hashtags so that we can keep up with the events, and to showcase the graduate student diversity and inclusion that will be part of this WEEF conference in Korea.
- Details will updated regularly:
GSF: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: http://www.worldspeed.org/12thgsf/assets/12th-gsf-schedule.pdf. Tweet: @SPEEDOrg
Technical Talks from Maryland:
- Renetta Tull: Special Session: SS03: Inclusive Engagement – Engineering for All, Weds. Nov. 9, 10 AM – 12 Noon.
- Hector Medina & Saadi Habib: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: SMALL SET OF GUIDELINES TO DEVELOP A SUCCESSFUL ENGINEERING LABORATORY COURSE
AND INCREASE INTEREST OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
- Ade Akinsiku: INFORMAL EDUCATION: PROJECT BASED LEARNING IN MAKER
- Gloria A. Opoku-Boateng: ENGINEERING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) IN A SENSOR-BASED CONSUMER APP FOR PAIN PREDICTION IN
POSTSURGICAL KNEE REPLACEMENT
Please be sure that your presentations have the correct acknowledgements, grant numbers, faculty names, sponsoring programs, etc.
The Blogging Process
The study is designed to observe responses of participants from the University System of Maryland, NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate community, participants and affiliates from the PROMISE AGEP, graduate student members and faculty mentors from Maryland, who attend the WEEF annual conference, and the community at large. We are interested in their thoughts about international engagement. We will be asking all who attend with us to record their thoughts using a blog structure (comments below). Upon return to the states, we will have follow-up discussions regarding the international experience. The general public is invited to participate in the online discussions. This is a social media, interactive project.
[A note about blogging: Many people engage in blogging activities on mobile devices, and bloggers who type without an account may not be able to edit their entries. Therefore, there may be small errors within the posts below that are the result of blogging quickly “on-the-go,” or unintentional mobile device “auto-corrections” that produce errors out of context. Errors will be corrected in any resulting publications. Thank you for reading and participating in the conversation.]
This page will be updated regularly.