RAMA (Research And Mentoring Activities) was created to build a bridge between the undergraduate and graduate educational experiences of students. Each student will be assigned to a faculty member based on his or her research interests. The faculty member will motivate and guide each student through their transition to graduate education. RAMA is open to all freshmen and sophomores who have the following: 3.0 GPA; pending or declared major in engineering or computer science; and an interest in pursuing a MS or PhD in engineering or computer science upon graduation. Please Note: RAMA is also designed to assist current CECS ODI scholarship recipients in obtaining internships. Scholars within the internship track must have a desire to obtain employment within the STEM industry upon graduation. Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Program Description:

The CECS Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has a mission to encourage underrepresented engineering and computer science students to graduate and pursue a masters and/or doctoral degree. To accomplish this, we developed the Research and Mentoring Activities (RAMA) program that allows our students to participate in an internship or research activity while being mentored by a CECS faculty member, CECS graduate student, and/or an industry personnel. Below are the responsibilities of the mentor and scholar:

Mentor responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create a friendly, educational and professional working environment
  • Meet with the student regularly according to his/her schedule
  • Share strategies to enhance the student’s academic, personal and professional development
  • Periodically review the student’s work and progress
  • Provide feedback to the student on work produced
  • Keep a record of the number of hours the student worked
  • Keep a record of the student’s work experience
  • Notify the Coordinator at ODI of any issue and/or concern

Student responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Complete and submit their RAMA contract by the third week of classes
  • Provide the names, contact information and office/lab hours of their research/internship team
  • Identify their point of contact for weekly updates
  • Adhere to the rules and regulations of the work environment
  • Have lunch once a month with their mentor 
  • Keep a record of the number of hours worked
  • Keep a record of the assignments and/or project(s)
  • Students conducting research must develop a research poster and essay by the end of the experience
  • Students participating in and internship must develop a portfolio and essay by the end of the experience