On Tuesday, UK's Center for Applied Energy Research was happy to welcome the incoming group of undergraduates in the Broadening Participation in Engineering program. The program, a joint venture by UK CAER and UK's College of Engineering, was formed due to the disproportionately low fraction of minority students that graduate with engineering degrees going on to become faculty.

 

 

 

The program is available to incoming African American, Hispanic, or Native American engineering students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and has three main goals:

  • To encourage African American, Hispanic and Native American students to choose engineering and help them graduate with engineering degrees
  • To help these students acquire the skills they need to become engineering professionals, academics, leaders and role models
  • To investigate if mentoring in research centers offers advantages over mentoring in traditional engineering departments

These students are matched with research mentors at UK CAER and academic and faculty advisors at UK College of Engineering. They are given access to a number of university resources in order to develop skills needed for a successful entry into the field of engineering: study, research, and communication skills, management and outreach expertise.

Their visit to CAER allowed them to hear from principal researchers and group leads about the work done at the center, meet possible mentors, and tour the facilities.