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Archive for August, 2010

ASPIRE Members Conduct Research

ASPIRE Members Celebrate at the End of the Summer Research Experience

In summer 2010, six ASPIRE members were awarded service learning scholarships, continuing for a third year, undergraduate research as an emerging emphasis of the ASPIRE program.  ASPIRE President, Taria Pritchett and ASPIRE Secretary, Teresita Mariano were among the Scholars supported by the Office of Undergraduate Research. School of Education professor Rosalie Rolon-Dow serves as their faculty mentor. Service-Learning Scholarships provide highly motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a service-learning project for ten weeks in the summer in a setting outside of the classroom. Scholars work in a Delaware community agency and simultaneously pursue academic reflection under the guidance of a UD faculty mentor. Their research question was, “How do Black girls construct and represent their identities as students and community members? They presented their findings at the first annual University of Delaware Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium in August 2010. They are currently writing a paper, entitled “This is My Point of View:” Tales of Living and Learning from African-American Girls” to be published in an urban education journal.