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

Vision:

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),

Priorities:

  • 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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