Jennifer Turns

Winter 2020

A Mixed-Methods Understanding of Student Reflection in Engineering Education

Our ongoing research explores how to support student reflection in higher education, particularly in technical education contexts. We are looking for a small group of students to help with the work of a current NSF grant as well as our broader research effort. Within the research group, students would be expected to engage in activities such as:

  • Engage in personal reflection activities and evaluate their reflection using our survey tool
  • Use previous research to understand the “state of the art” of reflection in engineering education
  • Support quantitative analysis and processing of large data sets from student reflections
  • Design practical visualizations from the data to help educators understand students' experiences
  • Conduct questionnaire validation with users  

Undergraduates are expected to sign up for 2 credits; masters students for 1 credit. Meeting times will be 1.5 hour sessions. Please email Jennifer Turns ( and Kenya Mejia ( if you are interested with a small blurb of your motivation to be in the DRG. Preference will be given to those who express interest by 12/15.

Autumn 2019

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Writing Support Group

This research group is for graduate and undergraduate students who will be applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in Fall 2019. In this group, we will discuss how to write personal statements and research proposals, review successful application examples, discuss tips for making applications stronger and who to ask for letters of recommendation, and conduct peer review of each other’s writing.

To learn more about who is eligible to apply for the NSF graduate fellowship (undergrads, first and second year grad students who want to pursue a PhD, US citizens or permanent residents), please see the NSF website.

Because of the NSF deadline being in mid-October, this DRG will be front-loaded in the quarter and be more work for the first 4 weeks and will not meet after the deadline (except for 1 brief meeting after submitting to debrief about the process). Likewise, depending on people’s availability, we may start meeting a few weeks before the quarter begins to get a head start on things. If you’re not around in person this summer, we could allow people to join via Google Hangouts for the first few meetings. 

Meetings during the Autumn 2019 quarter will be on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 – pre-quarter meetings will be scheduled via a Doodle poll after August 23rd once we have a sense of who all will be participating.

If you’re interested, please email Julie Kientz at for an add code.

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