URC Planning Conference
January 15-16, 2001

Guiding Principles
for Undergraduate Research Institutional Plans

1. Outline why engagement in the research/scholarship process is important for UG

2. Provide UG the opportunity to participate in Scholarship/Research

  • A progressive and elective scheme
  • Immersion in the culture and process of scholarship
  • Link students to highly qualified faculty scholars

3. Develop a scheme for the progression of relevant experiences

  • Active learning experiences throughout curriculum
  • Instruction on the research process (philosophy, methods, ethics etc)
  • Class – research project and report
  • Participate in faculty/grad student research group
  • Independent study – e.g., honor thesis
  • Summer experiences and distant learning at other URC institutions
  • Learn to disseminate research and scholarship
  • Receive Recognition for scholarship

4. Faculty/Departments need essential resources to develop UG scholarship

  • Faculty time
  • Funds to conduct scholarship
  • Equipment
  • Efficient student training
  • Travel/publication fees
  • Develop faculty skills to act as mentors of UG research


That research perspectives are developed at the UG level in the Human Sciences so as to foster student scholarship, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in preparation for professional roles and advanced study.

Task Group: Karl Newell, Aimee Prawitz, Sue Whitaker, Virginia Moxley (Task Force Chair),


  • Ensure there is an Unit Plan Promoting Undergraduate Research
  • The research experience should be inquiry driven
  • Assess and disseminate current level of UG research activity and articulate best practices


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