Impact of undergraduate research experiences on diverse national and international undergraduate researchers Conference Paper uri icon


  • American Society for Engineering Education, 2018. This paper presents analyses of the impact of different summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs on diverse students from the USA and India. The study gathered and analyzed the survey data from two different REU programs in two different departments and from a college-wide program for Indian students at a research university. The REU programs were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for US citizens or permanent residents while the program for Indian students was funded by the college. The data showed how much the research experiences could impact the students' decision-making between graduate school and working in industry for both national and international students. A large majority of students came to favor the graduate education and research, as desired by the common goals of the national and international REU programs. Students credited their learning in their summer research experience for contributing to their interest in graduate education and research. The students also noted that these are skills that they would not have acquired at their home institutions.

published proceedings

  • ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Richard, J. C., & Yoon, S. Y.

publication date

  • January 2018