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STEM Academy

Summer Undergraduate Research


The summer research program will follow Georgia Perimeter College’s 3 + 8 model that is based on the theory of cognitive apprenticeship.  In this model, students are provided with a significant amount of hands on instruction and support initially. Support is gradually decreased to provide students with more independence and responsibility in performing research.  The program will be structured as a part-time program (16 to 20 hours per week) to accommodate students who have work commitments or need to take a summer course to facilitate timely graduation or transfer.  The institute will consist of a 3-week and 8-week component.

Introduction to Research (3 weeks): Students will work in teams of four or five to complete a mini-research project with a STEM graduate student who will provide students with background literature and materials.  The graduate student will work daily with students to provide structured support and hands-on instruction.  Students will practice communication and presentation skills and learn instrumentation and research techniques. 

The second part will involve students joining existing research teams at a four-year institution (8 weeks): Students will work independently in with graduate students and other undergraduate students from the four-year university.  They will participate in weekly meetings with the research team and will be mentored by graduate students.  Students will provide written and oral presentations at the end of the third and six week components and will have an opportunity to attend an annual research conference.  Grant funds will be used to provide students with a stipend upon completion of the summer research institute.

CSUN – Numerical Methods

Introduction to Research (3 weeks). Students learn the standard schemes for numerical integration, differentiation, root finding, solving linear systems, and solving differential equations. They learn to implement these schemes in a computer programming language. Students learn how to communicate the results of their work in a professional setting by giving mock presentations to their peers and seek criticism and feedback on their mini poster presentation (digital format) as well as their technical communication skills.

The second part (8 weeks). Students join existing research teams who are working to solve problems modelled by differential equations numerically or mathematical problems that don’t admit analytic solutions. They are assigned sub-projects related the main research. At the end of the 6 weeks, students present their work as a draft presentation to their peers and use the suggestions and criticism to polish their work, correct errors and spend the final two weeks to prepare for their presentation for “STEM Day” at LACC. 

 Contact Us

Jayesh Bhakta, Ph. D.
Department Chair of Physics and Engineering
(323) 953-4000 ext.2923

 Course Descriptions

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