The student division conference has had a great first day of the conference. (Pictures coming soon)
Tricks of the Trade Paper Session
The first themed Student Division paper session (tricks of the trade) had 5 presentations and over 30 attendees. The covered topics such as (1) how to use motivation theories to improve your teaching as a teaching assistant, (2) explorations about the impact of different teaching assistant on students’ grades and learning, (3) the impact of involvement in extra-curricular activities on students’ success and learning in their engineering courses and careers, (4) discussions about how to use research poster sessions to help students develop their presentation skills, confidence, and interest in graduate skill, (5) principles and advice for how students can juggle their interest in sports (or other time intensive activities) and their coursework.
Rather unexpectedly, the paper session seemed to develop a new theme of encouraging students to find what they are passionate about and use that passion to fuel their pursuit of engineering. This idea is huge! We always perform best when we care deeply about the activity itself rather than what the activity can do for us.
A special thanks to Brook Sattler (University of Washington) and Pat Ko (University of Texas-Austin) for their help with moderating the session.
SPEED special session: Improving Engineering Education Locally and Globally: An Action-Plan Session
SPEED has run many workshops all over the world to help students develop action plans for how they can create positive change in engineering education. They brought this workshop to our special session at the ASEE conference and challenged students to think deeply about their situations and change initiatives to create promising avenues for change.
Student Division Business Meeting
The student division was extremely well attended and every seat was filled! We discussed some of the coming changes to the ASEE: both good and bad. ASEE headquarters has decided to raise dues and conference fees, but we and they are working our best to make sure that the conference remains as affordable as possible for students and promotes students’ involvement with the conference.
On a more positive note, we also identified five goals for the Division for the coming year.
- Increase Division membership and involvement at the Annual Conference
- Strengthen Collaboration with Industry
- Develop Network of Student Chapters at National Level
- Further Develop Collaborations with other ASEE Divisions and Eng Ed Student Groups
- Creating more fellowship opportunities to help students attend the annual conference
Based on these goals, we have already begun discussions with the College-Industry Partnership Division (a generous supporter of the Student Division) to explore mutually beneficial partnerships. We also want to send out a special thanks to the CIPD for their generous support which allowed us to supply free refreshments to all business meeting attendees.
Finally, we had a lot of excitement and enthusiasm from members to be more involved with the Student Division, and we had multiple nominees for every officer position – a first! The Division is growing and we hope to see the Division making an impact on the engineering education landscape.
Student Division Annual Dinner
The Student Division Annual Dinner was amazing. The event was sold out and attended by 115 students and sponsors. We celebrated the success and legacy of the Student Division and honored both previous Student Division officers and the anniversaries of some of the oldest ASEE Student Chapters.
We want to again say a special thanks to our sponsors, especially John Wiley and Sons.