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High school to STEM - Dean's Early Research Initiative.

A V Filippas, L M Parker

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Four years ago, Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Engineering initiated a collaborative program called the "Dean's Early Research Initiative" (DERI) [1] with area high schools that introduced students to the exciting world of research and development. These students were placed with engineering research teams within four engineering and one computer science discipline. The students participating are culturally diverse and include a high percentage of female students. We are at the onset of the fourth cycle of this initiative and the program continues to grow in popularity. In this paper, we present the challenges and the benefits inherent in running a program like this as well as quantitative and qualitative results on the fellow and mentor experience. This will be done in the form of survey results, tracking of retention and perseverance in the program and goals for the future. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2017.

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