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AAA7.02 - Enriching and Broadening Undergraduate Research through International Experiences 
December 3, 2014   8:30am - 9:00am

Preparing undergraduate students to succeed in a society, a marketplace and work platforms rapidly moving toward globalization is becoming increasingly important in all academic disciplines. For the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines with sequential and tight curricula, providing undergraduates with study abroad experiences may be very challenging. Yet, most of the future jobs awaiting current undergraduates will involve one or more STEM disciplines and will require a sense of global skills and ability to work effectively across cultures and languages. For the past three years, the department of chemistry at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) has developed an International Summer Research Internship program that hosted a total of 12 international students from China, Ecuador, France and Romania for a period of 8 to 12 weeks to conduct chemistry research in collaboration with their American peers under the supervision of a faculty mentor. This program has not only provided an innovative alternative for chemistry students to connect with international partners, but has also facilitated the creation of research abroad opportunities for NKU students and international research collaborations for NKU faculty. This session will discuss how faculty can develop successful international student exchange programs for undergraduate research in STEM disciplines, as well as how to find and secure funding through multiple institutional partners.

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