NEES @ UCSD is committed to educating K-12, undergraduate and graduate students through a number of activities. Undergraduate students are given opportunities to work directly in research and development for many of the projects conducted on the LHPOST. The students are integrated into the project teams and work closely with faculty mentors and graduate students, thereby gaining rich and rewarding experience in their field. The goal for student engagement is to excite, motivate and retain students in their engineering careers.
- 2009 NSF NEESreu program: UCSD and the San Diego Supercomputer Center hosted upper division undergraduate students interested in Civil Engineering, Computer Science and other fields related to seismic risk mitigation in a dynamic 10-week summer research program. REU participants were paired with a faculty advisor, joined a NEES research team, and participated in enrichment activities including attending the NEES Annual Meeting and the Young Researchers' Symposium. Mentors, including university faculty, researchers, and graduate students, provided support and guidance to the REU interns. Students were taught how to conduct independent research and how to participate effectively as a member of a research team.
- Full SizeThe California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS): a 4-week residential summer program open to entering ninth through exiting twelfth-grade high school students with demonstrated interest and achievement in math and science. From 2006 to the present, the COSMOS students participating in cluster 4 (Earthquakes in Action) learn about the basics of plate tectonics and are introduced to the basic physics and mathematics that explain how buildings and bridges react to earthquakes, including how we can protect these structures using modern technologies like dampers and base-isolation devices. Each year, the Cluster 4 students visit the LHPOST to tour and participate in the ongoing research at the facility.