The Fifth International Summer Research Symposium was held today at NJIT to encourage more than three dozen students studying at NJIT to seek post-baccalaureate education in science, engineering and technology fields. The students, many of whom are from disadvantaged minority backgrounds, prepared and displayed posters detailing their summer-long research to date at today’s event.“In an increasingly complex, global and technological society, it is critical that more students are encouraged to seek post-baccalaureate education in science, engineering and technology fields. NJIT has multiple initiatives of very high quality to achieve this outcome. The Fifth Annual International Summer Research Symposium combines four excellent programs that provide opportunities for post-baccalaureate education and undergraduate research,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom.
Among the participating programs were the Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Summer Research Institute, about one dozen international students enrolled in Indian colleges studying this summer at NJIT; a biophysics undergraduate research program; the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) who are studying neuro-engineering at NJIT; the NJIT Provost Undergraduate Research Program and the NJIT Summer Innovation Accelerator Program.
Angelo J. Perna, PhD, McNair Achievement Program Director, was symposium chair. Co-Chairs were Durgamadhab Misra, PhD, professor, department of electrical and computer engineering; Newark College of Engineering Dean Sunil Saigal; Bryan Pfister, PhD, assistant professor, department of biomedical engineering; Raquel Perez-Castillejos, PhD, assistant professor,department of biomedical engineering; and Zara Williams.
“We are extremely proud of the research of all these students, the quality of the research presentations and the strong support of the NJIT faculty and staff in contributing to the success of today’s event,” said Perna.
NJIT graduate and undergrad degree programs are racking up kudos when it comes to educating minority students, according to the most recent rankings by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Relying on federal data for the 2010-2011 school year, Diverse named NJIT 3rd in the nation for awarding master’s degrees in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields to Hispanic students. And when looking at undergrad degree recipients in the same fields, Diverse named NJIT 4th nationally for graduating Asian Americans and Hispanic students in this important. According to Diverse, NJIT is 5th for awarding this undergraduate degree to all minorities.
“NJIT has always done well educating minority students because of the depth and breadth of significant programs here for disadvantaged students, most of whom are the first in their families to attend and graduate from college,” said Perna. “Programs like McNair that cater to helping these students, our long-established Educational Opportunity Program and programs like today’s turn the tides of success and accomplishment.”