Undergraduate research models applicable for geotechnics

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The projected, increasing gap between expected workforce staffing needs of those with science technology and engineering (STEM) training and the anticipated graduates with STEM degrees demands a re-examination of how to increase the number of STEM students graduating and remaining in STEM careers. Given the continued acute under-representation of women and some racial minorities, these groups warrant additional consideration, as their further engagement may help fill the shortfall. In debates and research surrounding these challenges, the issue of retention has received relatively little investigation both in terms of bachelor's level retention for degree completion and longer-term retention within STEM activities (either educational or industrial). Anecdotal information would indicate that undergraduate students engaged in research are more likely to complete their degrees, improve their grades after participation, enroll in STEM-based master's programs, and remain in STEM careers. This paper outlines various models for undergraduate engagement in geotechnical research, as a means to develop curricular and non-curricular, short- to medium-term opportunities to promote such efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeo-Frontiers 2011
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference
Number of pages10
Edition211 GSP
StatePublished - 2011
EventGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2011Mar 16 2011

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number211 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Undergraduate study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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