Newsletter August 2021
Upcoming Industry and Professional Advisory Board (IPAB) Meeting
The Industry Professional Advisory Board (IPAB) Meeting will be held on September 21st, 2021. The focus of the meeting is on the collaboration of industry and PATHS-UP, with IPAB providing feedback to our latest innovation. Our dream is to make an impact, but we need help getting there – hence this meeting between professionals from various industries and students and faculty who are committed in making their dreams a reality through partnership work at PATHS-UP.
These meetings are a great opportunity to collaborate and share ideas on the latest innovations in our field. It’s also an excellent way for PATHS-UP students to learn from industry experts, while providing feedback about their newest invention. The IPAB is always eager to help out; they have relationships with companies all around us so it would be foolish not take advantage of them!
The agenda for the upcoming meeting is set to be jam-packed with two excellent discussions. The first discussion, “Post Pandemic opportunities in underserved healthcare,” will combine a panel of Healthcare Economists and Industry Board Members while the second one, “Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes,” features clinicians coming from Rice/Houston Med Center/TAMU Ecosystem providing the point of view of the doctor and the patient.
To close out the meeting, students will present virtual posters of their most up to date work. These presentations will encompass all four research thrusts within PATHS-UP, allowing IPAB members to choose which topics they want more information on. During this time, the previous years Seed Fund winners will also report out on their projects. This is a great time for students and board members alike because it allows them an opportunity to interact with one another in order share ideas not only about these specific projects but also any issues that may arise.
2021 PATHS-UP Students on Summer Internships
2021 PATHS-UP REU Summer Program
PATHS-UP is wrapping up its 2021 Summer programs with great success. Research Experience Undergraduates (REUs), Research Experience Teachers (RETs), and Young Scholars (YS) programs have all been a huge hit this summer at PATHS-UP. The summer programs started in early June and ran through mid-August. Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Florida International Universities (FIU), conducting face-to-face programs, with Rice University and UCLA hosting virtual programs. The range of students from across the nation is evident in PATHS-UP’s recruiting, support, and engagement as REU participants come from Puerto Rico to California.
The summer REU program kicked off with a Welcome Session presented by PATHS-UP Director Dr. Gerard Coté, along with an introduction to the research and how it is all interconnected. Which provided participants a chance to learn about current projects and gain insight into connections between diverse lines of study; including data analytics in behavioral psychology, coding, microfluidics, nanoparticles, computational sensor design, predicting micronutrient and much more! The summer program offered many workshops throughout the duration that covered topics like: How to Make an Effective Research Presentation – something sure come up often in one’s career; Is Grad school right from me; and an interactive Culture of Inclusion workshop title, Get out of Your Bubble, which was presented by Ron Jones, Executive Director of Dialogues on Diversity; plus, various other seminars held throughout the summer.
In addition to research, some REUs had the chance to mentor Young Scholars. Mentoring provides an opportunity for them not only to teach others what they learned but also to share their knowledge with those who are eager and excited about science as well! Their hard work was evident when all of the students presented at a symposium during PATHS-UP this year, showcasing REU’s, RETs’, and YS’. The event showed how much passion these individuals have for teaching future generations about STEM fields.
Undergrads were not the only participants in this summer program! PATHS-UP also hosted teachers from the Houston, Los Angeles, and Miami metro areas, as well as teachers in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. These educators received a front-row seat to see how we operate and gained some new skills of their own.
Our partners at Rice University hosts a program called SWITCH that connects with teachers in the Houston area for a 5-week virtual summer program. They also invited two educators from the Los Angeles area to participate in the program as well. SWITCH is a program developed by Rice University to give teachers in the computer science and technology fields new tools for their trade. The 5-week course, which takes place entirely online, provided educators with networking opportunities as well as lectures on university research from professors at the four institutions which make up the PATHS-UP cohort. Participants were also given resources to help them develop lesson plans that are aimed at engaging more students of all ages in STEM courses during the academic school year.
Through the exploration of practical healthcare devices, participants dove into topics such as hardware and software issues. They’ll learn about applications for these technologies in society with hopes to create models that can change the way we think about health care today.
At Texas A&M University, PATHS-UP hosted four teachers from the RIO Grande Valley and worked on a research experience in engineering. They learned about current laboratory skills and techniques to help promote their own educational backgrounds. The project also reinforced different areas of education such as inquiry, learning theory, psychology which will be useful for future school curriculum planning in science classrooms with students who need more enrichment opportunities outside of just academics.
Two teachers were selected to participate in research at the PATHS UP FIU Center, and gained experience under the guidance of an established biomedical science team investigating a topic from a broad spectrum of sciences. Teachers learned about cutting-edge techniques and tools used in biomedical sciences engineering and design curricular materials for their classrooms. The K-12 educators also worked with the team to develop new PATHS-UP modules implemented at educational outreach programs. Including Field Experiences, Engineers on Wheels (EOW), Engineering EXPO, and Research Day