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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-12-08

Published in: Arunkumar Pennathur, Vivek Tandon, and Louis Everett (eds.), Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Gulf Southwest Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education ASEE-GSW'2012 "Bridging Theory and Practice in Engineering and Technology Education", El Paso, Texas, April 4-6, 2012, pp. 1-9.


In most graduate programs, students are required to take both "depth" classes -- classes in the areas of the student's direct interest -- and "breadth" classes, classes outside their direct interest areas. Naturally, the student's interest in "breadth" classes is often naturally lower than their interest in the "depth" classes. To enhance the students' interest in the "breadth" classes, a natural idea is to make research-related project an important part of the class, a project in which the student can apply the skills that he or she learns in the class to the research area of direct interest to this student. In this paper, we describe results of using this idea in Theory of Computation classes.