Located in Scharnk Hall North 353, the IDEAs Study Center is home away from home for all IDEAs students. The center is equipped with a swipe card system, new furniture, computers, power outlets, data outlets, white boards, black boards and information boards. The students in the IDEAs Program chose the color of the room and designed the layout of the center, including a quiet-study area, computer areas and two group study rooms.
The IDEAs Excellence Awards were established by Miss Kaye Rowan in 2013 for the purpose of celebrating diversity and inclusive excellence. Two students in the IDEAs Program are honored with IDEAs Excellence Awards for their outstanding academic achievement or exceptional leadership skills and community services.
2013 award winners: Renee Calder Calderon and Jamara Beard.
The Minority Engineering Seminar and Peer Group Discussion (4100-120) is a one-credit elective course offered every fall semester. The course meets the following objectives:
The IDEAs Project “A” Competition is a sponsored program designed to encourage the freshmen in the program to strive toward academic success by achieving more A's. During the fall and spring semesters of the freshman year, students submit exams, quizzes and term papers on which they have received an “A” (above 90%). The students with the highest numbers of submissions win gift cards. All participants will be invited to the celebration lunch and field trips to our sponsored company.
Various activities are designed to enhance the culture of diversity, academic success, professional development and personal development. The following events have been offered:
The IDEAs program participants are encouraged to be involved with undergraduate research after their sophomore year. Students may publish papers with research advisors/mentors in peer-reviewed journals or present their results at conferences.
Since 1996, our undergraduate researchers have been awarded with the following research scholarships and internships:
This program is designed to enhance the sense of belonging and giving back. With partnership of Akron local community, the IDEAs program offers following opportunities to all engineering students:
The University of Akron
College of Engineering
Auburn Science & Engineering Center
Akron, OH 44325-3901
Dr. Julie Zhao, Director
Shrank Hall North 360