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Student-based Applied Research (S-BAR): One Key to Improvement and Change. By: Dr. John W. Sinn, Interim Director Ms. Wendy Like, Project Manager Jotham Nyamari, Graduate Research Assistant Center for Applied Technology College of Technology, BGSU.

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Student-based Applied Research (S-BAR): One Key to Improvement and Change

By:Dr. John W. Sinn, Interim DirectorMs. Wendy Like, Project ManagerJotham Nyamari, Graduate Research AssistantCenter for Applied TechnologyCollege of Technology, BGSU

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Student-based Applied Research (S-BAR): One Key to Improvement and Change

An overview of an emerging strategy for engagement:

  • Student-based applied research (S-BAR) evolution
  • S-BAR defined
  • S-BAR main elements for success
  • Mechanics of the S-BAR process
student based applied research s bar evolution
Student-based Applied Research (S-BAR), Evolution

S-BAR started, developed in early, mid 90’s

  • Early to mid 90’s, projects developed as co-op, internship
  • Engagement with faculty consultant, industrial mentor
  • Done in CQMA, used “mini thesis” technical report
  • Contracted in organization, 20 hours/week, 2 semesters
  • Allowed and facilitated robust, long term, in depth work
  • Mini thesis documentation systemized in seminar format
  • Multi-chapter report addressed project objectives
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Student-based Applied Research (S-BAR), Evolution

S-BAR becoming systemized in mid, late 90’s

  • Projects were primarily oriented to quality systems
  • Articulated with QS curriculum, and seminar
  • Articulation reduced supervision time required, oversight
  • Applied “research group” defined nature of projects
  • Students were engaged with mentor on sight
  • Had access to faculty, hardware and software on campus
  • Learned in broader seminar group, shared knowledge
  • Trialed e-communication systems, supervision
student based applied research s bar defined
Student-based Applied Research (S-BAR), Defined

S-BAR idea articulating co-op, becomes project

  • Idea provides context of a problem for applied research
  • Applied research is technical, disciplined, methodical
  • Projects which are on back burner, customer demands
  • Student doing excellent first co-op, good candidate
  • Applied research built on excellent first co-op, grown
  • Project, student, faculty, mentor grow applied research
  • Improvement ideas become objectives, from idea, co-op
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Student-based Applied Research (S-BAR), Defined

S-BAR, from co-op, project derived objectives

  • Applied research project, problem is evident in co-op
  • Once identified, problem discussion is part of co-op visit
  • Student co-op is catalyst for change, improvement
  • First co-op report is solid opportunity to grow S-BAR
  • Project, student, faculty, mentor grow applied research
  • Improvement ideas become objectives, from idea, co-op
  • Objectives in traditional co-op report can focus S-BAR
s bar main elements for success
S-BAR Main Elements For Success

S-BAR has several key parts to assure success

  • Legitimate applied research problem, objectives emerge
  • Student is selected, prepared, matured as part of plan
  • Promote student’s career objectives, enhance curriculum
  • Work habits, overall initiative dovetail with project rigor
  • Project tied to lab, facilities on campus, in CAT, other
  • Secure, safe area to work, place to “hang hat”
  • Faculty driving idea, with champion at company, mentor
  • Written proposal details objectives, project plan, steps
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S-BAR Main Elements For Success

S-BAR project, funded priority, organizationally

  • Resources identified, sufficient level to support long term
  • Include cost of faculty, other administration, support
  • Generally double traditional co-op costs

S-BAR project proposed, initiated through CAT

  • Applied research supported, managed via CAT
  • Accountability, budgetary oversight rests with CAT
  • Some projects have actual set-ups in CAT, varied needs
  • Student employment service, part of CAT, co-op office
  • Infrastructure for applied research communication…….
mechanics of the s bar process
Mechanics Of The S-BAR Process

S-BAR project, begins with need to be met

  • Based on initial external contact, CAT drafts proposal
  • External need, contact is main driver of project, proposal
  • Organizational need, improvement, problem to be solved
  • Project idea proposed, objectives drive project plan
  • Proposal is drafted through CAT, contract written
  • Contract details who does what, timeframes, deliverables
  • Budget, main mechanism to guide work, use of resources
  • Multiple phases outline overall project, drive budget
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Mechanics Of The S-BAR Process

Accepted proposal outlines phases of work

  • Multiple phases address objectives, solve problem
  • Phases reviewed as completed, over multiple semesters
  • Phases documented as written report, mini thesis
  • Work, phases generally done as 20 or 40 hours per week
  • Project pace depends on needs, resources required
  • Articulate with undergraduate co-op, graduate internship
  • Phases also articulate with seminar, support systems
  • Curriculum may also be part of articulation
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Mechanics Of The S-BAR Process

Iterative process defines, drives phases of work

  • Multiple phases addressed over several semesters
  • Project objectives, problem solution realized gradually
  • Phases completed, over several co-op’s
  • Objectives may be modified, change as project matures
  • One student may do multiple co-op’s, multiple students
  • Project phased reviews occur as part of co-op
  • S-BAR report is different from traditional co-op report
  • Continuous communication, assessment in seminar
  • Face-to-face and online dialogue, seminaring
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Mechanics Of The S-BAR Process

Iterative process engages faculty, student

  • S-BAR uses a broader community of support
  • Faculty and student, with industrial mentor, seminaring
  • Project may be on campus, and at company site
  • CAT, other labs used, along with company facilities
  • Engagement is ongoing, documented mini thesis
  • Project engages, phased, continuously assessed, reviews
  • S-BAR report focuses on findings, analysis, conclusions
  • Communication is assessed, engaged around seminar
  • Emphasis in all phases on iterative documentation