Clemson University: Engineering and Science Education

Dr. Julie Trenor Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Julie Trenor was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award, the foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. Her work is the first research to extend the concept of social capital (the resources one has embedded in their social networks) to better understand how engineering students make academic and career decisions. Dr. Trenor will build a conceptual model for understanding how engineering undergraduates develop, access and activate social capital in making academic and career decisions; identify and characterize the potentially distinct mechanisms by which underrepresented students utilize social ties linking them to resources related to engineering studies; and implement an education plan that provides research-to-practice training for university engineering outreach, recruitment and retention practitioners, using webinars and workshops as learning forums. Data will be collected from a diverse sample of engineering undergraduates at six institutions across the country.