Learning Through Research

Pre-ISSoTL CUR Symposium 2014

Nurturing Creativity and Passion in Undergraduate Research: A Scholarly Discussion

Pre-ISSOTL CUR Symposium, Universite Laval, Quebec City

October 22, 2014|9:00AM-4:00PM

The fifth Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) sponsored pre-ISSOTL International Symposium took place on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at Universite Laval in Quebec City. This symposium focussed exploring on how undergraduate research programs can provide individuals and institutions opportunities to nurture creativity and passion in students and faculty. Participants worked with colleagues from other institutions to craft practical strategies related to the following themes:
  1. Leveraging innovation, design thinking, and creativity in undergraduate research;
  2. Fostering interdisciplinarity and collaborative scholarship;
  3. Ideating transformative learning spaces and structures;
  4. Engaging external stakeholders and building partnerships.
The program for the day included brief keynote addresses, poster sessions, and table discussions. We concluded with a discussion on how to foster international conversations on undergraduate research.
The expected outcomes for participants in this day included:
  • A raised awareness of how undergraduate research programs can be leveraged to nurture creativity and passion in students and faculty
  • Consideration of how innovation, design and creativity studies can enrich undergraduate research programs
  • Practical advice regarding how to build and support interdisciplinary learning and research communities
  • Awareness of the possibilities afforded by transformative learning spaces and structures
  • Shared strategies for engaging external stakeholders and partners
  • The sharing and showcasing of good practice in undergraduate research
  • The facilitation of networks of faculty and students interested in undergraduate research
In addition, workshop attendees were invited to present posters highlighting innovative undergraduate research efforts on their own campuses.
9.00 – 9:15am
Welcome & framing the day
9.15 – 10.15 am
Plenary 1: On transformative curricular and physical spaces
10.15 – 10.30 am
Morning break
10.30 - 11.15 am
Poster Session 1: Innovation, design, and creativity in UR, Transformative spaces in support of UR
11.15 – 11.45 am
Table discussions
11.45 – 12 noon
Report out/debrief
12 noon – 1.00 pm
1.00 – 2.00 pm
Plenary 2: On fostering collaborative partnerships
2.00 – 2.45 pm
Poster Session 2: Supporting interdisciplinary & collaborative structures, Engaging partners and stakeholders
2.45 – 3.15 pm
Table discussions
3.15 – 3.30 pm
Afternoon break
3.30 – 3.45 pm
Report out/debrief
3.45 – 4.00 pm
Closing Discussion and Remarks
Queries about the academic program may be made to the Workshop Convenors:
Kelly McConnaughay, Council on Undergraduate Research, kdm@fsmail.bradley.edu 
Rachel Spronken-Smith, ISSOTL,