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Thursday, June 18 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
RTD.10 - What is undergraduate research? Student and faculty perceptions

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According to the Council on Undergraduate Research, undergraduate research is “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. (http://www.cur.org/about_cur/). A number of educators and researchers have broadened this definition to include formative experiences underlying the ability to engage in independent research that makes an original contribution (e.g., Beckman & Hensel, 2004; Healey, 2005). To investigate perceptions of undergraduate research, we developed an online survey for a random sample of undergraduate students and faculty. Using a 5-point Likert scale (strongly disagree to strongly agree), participants rated their perceptions of different activities as research activities, such as attending a research presentation, attending an artistic event, taking a methods course, using the library to find resources for a paper or a project, receiving a competitive award for mentored research. In the roundtable session, participants will first reflect on their perceptions of undergraduate research. We will then present the student and faculty findings from our study. Finally, we will encourage discussion of how to broaden perceptions of undergraduate research in our disciplines and institutions.

References :

Beckman, M., & Hensel, N. (2004). Making explicit the implicit: Defining undergraduate research. CUR Quarterly, 29(4), 40-44. 

Healey, M. (2005) Linking research and teaching: Disciplinary spaces. In R. Barnett (Ed.) Reshaping the university: new relationships between research, scholarship and teaching, pp. 30-42. Maidenhead, UK: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.


Connie Varnhagen (University of Alberta)

Academic Director, Undergraduate Research Initiative
Undergraduate Research: A question can take you anywhere

Thursday June 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
Bayshore Salon ABC

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