Stefan J. Grimberg, Ph.D., P.E., is an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Clarkson University, where he has taught environmental and interdisciplinary classes for the past 11 years. He has directed an interdisciplinary summer research program for undergraduate students for the past ten years. He is currently an Associate Editor for Journal Environmental Engineering. Dr. Grimberg's research focuses on delineating the role of microorganisms on contaminant transport in engineered and natural systems. Most recently he and his students are investigating the most efficient process to convert farm waste into biogas using anaerobic digestion. Other research projects involve the development of biofilters to remove trace contaminants from surface water run-off and studying mercury transformations in wetland systems. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, N.Y. State Agriculture and Markets as well as other funding agencies.
A Theme-Based Seminar on Environmental Sustainability Improves Participant Satisfaction in an Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2013
2008 American Society for Engineering Education
Journal of Engineering Education
Volume 97, Issue 1, pages 95–103, January 2008
How to Cite
Grimberg, S. J., Langen, T. A., Compeau, L. D. and Powers, S. E. (2008), A Theme-Based Seminar on Environmental Sustainability Improves Participant Satisfaction in an Undergraduate Summer Research Program. Journal of Engineering Education, 97: 95–103. doi: 10.1002/j.2168-9830.2008.tb00957.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2013
- environmental sustainability;
- outcomes assessment;
- undergraduate research
We analyzed seven years of pre-program and post-program survey data to evaluate the Clarkson University Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program in Environmental Science and Engineering, and evaluated whether our program was successful at meeting the intended outcome of increasing participants' likelihood of attending graduate school and pursuing a career in science or engineering research or education. We also evaluated how participant satisfaction in the program changed with the addition of a weekly seminar on environmental sustainability that was intended to improve participants' understanding of the societal value of their research projects. Participant satisfaction in the Clarkson REU Program was high, and increased after the addition of the sustainability seminar. Participants' intention to attend graduate or professional school increased after participating in the program, but their intention to pursue a career in science or engineering research declined. Over 60 percent of participants eventually attended graduate or professional school.