Institutes & Research




Project Title: Research Engagement, Quality Assurance, and Mental Readiness for Remote Learning
Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program
Award #: P120A220041
Project Period: 10/01/2022 to 09/30/2025
Project Team: 
      Project Director:
                     Dr. Hua Li, Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
       Co-Project Directors:
                     Dr. Kai Jin, Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
                     Dr. Abiola Dipeolu, Associate Professor & Licensed Psychologist, Psychology & Sociology
                     Dr. Chongwei Xiao, Associate Professor, Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering
       Project Manager:
                     Mrs. Yi Ren, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
       Project Team Member:
                     Dr. Renée E. Weiss, Ed.D., LCDC, LPC-S, BC-THP, Director, Counseling Services & Clinical Supervisor

Hybrid Summer Research Program for High School Students

Quality Matters Training and CertificationMental Wellness Training with Stipends

Project Summary:
          Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK), a public, Minority Serving Institution with more than 80% Hispanic students, proposes a transformative project focused on growing the capacity of online teaching, improving quality of remote learning, providing engaged research, and increasing mental wellness and readiness for engineering and science minority students, especially Hispanics and women. The proposed project is centered on improving faculty and students’ quality of work in STEM curricula and mental wellness and readiness through three core activities: Online Learning and Teaching Enhancement (OLTE), Hybrid Summer Research Bridge (HSRB), and Mental Wellness and Readiness Preparation (MWRP) programs. The goals of this project are to: 1) Increase engineering and science student enrollment and retention at TAMUK through high quality remote learning and streamlined education, and 2) Improve the awareness and readiness of mental wellness for both remote and in-person learning environments among TAMUK students and faculty. This project will enhance the capacity of current online programs and courses in engineering and science by promoting Quality Matters and providing highly needed support to students and faculty to be much more successful on remote teaching and learning at TAMUK. The HSRB program will target dual enrollment high school students, and inspire and prepare them for college studies in STEM majors. The MWRP program will be seamlessly integrated with OLTE and HSRB programs to help TAMUK students and faculty to become informed, thoughtful, and emotional and behavioral healthy individuals in both remote and in-person learning environments.

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