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May 10, 2018 PDF Document REU Symposium 2017 Program - General Documents
Program book of the 2017 REU Symposium.
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Apr 26, 2018 PDF Document Book Review-Undergraduate Research in Music: A Guide for Students - SPUR
Gregory Young and Jenny Olin Shanahan’s _Undergraduate Research in Music: A Guide for Students_ provides an easy-to-read primer for conducting undergraduate research in music. The volume is directed to faculty and administrators with clear examples of the types of research possible for music students but also assists students by providing clear steps for how to begin a research project and carry it through to completion.
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Apr 26, 2018 PDF Document Vignette: A Preresearch Initiative Increases STEM Student Retention - SPUR
Students often fail to take advantage of existing research opportunities because of low self-confidence and misconceptions about research. To address these issues, a series of preresearch activities was designed at Queensborough Community College (QCC) that were offered during spring, summer, or winter intercession. All the preresearch students persisted in a STEM curriculum at QCC and/or transferred to a four-year college with a STEM or health science concentration.
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Apr 26, 2018 PDF Document Vignette: Comparing Outcomes for Undergraduate Psychology Research Assistants and Nonresearchers - SPUR
This study investigated whether psychology RAs were distinguishable from undergraduates who did not serve as research assistants (non-RAs) and utilized a pretest-posttest design and a control group, which is relatively rare in the assessment of undergraduate research outcomes.
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Apr 26, 2018 PDF Document Vignette: Undergraduate Research and Student Success--A Model for Cultural Competency as a Mediator - SPUR
Teaching cultural competence is an important factor in enhancing students’ academic and behavioral outcomes. There is a lack of information about incorporating cultural competencies in undergraduate research experiences to further enhance student success. The University Assistantship Program at Georgia State University wanted to explore the effects of an undergraduate research experience focused on developing cultural competencies on student success.
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Apr 26, 2018 PDF Document Vignette: Engaging Academically At-Risk Student Populations in Research--Initial Assessment of an Undergraduate Research Certificate Program - SPUR
Since the U of Illinois Springfield has had success in recruiting a larger and more diverse undergraduate population, including academically at-risk students, more effort is needed to ensure their success. Thus, the Div of Academic Affairs' Ctr for Acad Success and the Undergraduate Research Support program developed an Undergraduate Research Certificate program, seeking to encourage academically underprepared students to engage in research by providing training and support services.
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Apr 26, 2018 PDF Document Vignette: Increasing Potential and Widening Horizons--Promoting Undergraduate Research at a Two-Year Regional Campus - SPUR
The University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Research Club is a student organization established in 2015 as part of efforts to nurture a culture of scholarly research on a two-year, commuter-based campus with many at-risk and first-generation students. This model provides opportunities to increase awareness of scholarly work among faculty and students, as well as to further meaningful scholarly endeavors.
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Apr 26, 2018 PDF Document Spr2018 Undergraduate Research Highlights - SPUR
Undergraduate Research Highlights from the spring 2018 issue of SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document Broadening Campus Participation in Undergraduate Research through the Office of High-Impact Practices - SPUR
The Office of High-Impact Practices was established in 2014 at the University of Central Oklahoma to promote undergraduate research and creative experiences across the university. Its creation, overall description, and successes in broadening participation as well as the steps taken and lessons learned are discussed. The office has led to a broader vision of undergraduate research, with increased participation among students in colleges not traditionally represented in large numbers.
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document Spr2018 SPUR Vignettes - SPUR
Vignettes from the spring 2018 SPUR--Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research: Comparing Outcomes for Undergraduate Psychology Research Assistants and Nonresearchers; Undergraduate Research and Student Success: A Model for Cultural Competency as a Mediator; Engaging Academically At-Risk Student Populations in Research; Increasing Potential and Widening Horizons: Promoting Undergraduate Research at a Two-Year Regional Campus; A Preresearch Initiative Increases STEM Student Retention
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document Undergraduate Research in High-Altitude Ballooning at an Urban Community College - SPUR
The authors describe an undergraduate research program at the City Colleges of Chicago organized around high-altitude ballooning and carried out primarily in an open, maker-space environment. Two cohorts of students were recruited. They undertook projects in biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, and physics. Longitudinal data showed that the students completed degrees or transferred at rates higher than the general CCC student population.
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document Examining Undergraduate Student Outcomes from a Community-Engaged and Inquiry-Oriented Capstone Experience - SPUR
Drawing on high-impact educational practices as the conceptual framework, this article examines self-reported outcomes from participants in an intensive, one-year capstone experience for fourth-year students that was composed of fieldwork and research. Findings suggest that the combination of high-impact practices in a capstone experience may lead to the development of more engaged, prepared, and proactive professionals and citizens.
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document Comparing Two Models of Undergraduate Research Using the OSCAR Student Survey - SPUR
This article discusses George Mason University’s locally developed assessment survey instrument in which students self-report on learning outcomes, attitudes, goals, personal and professional growth, and satisfaction items. Development of the instrument is discussed, as well as the methods used to achieve construct validity. Results are compared from 2013–2016 participation in the individually mentored Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and research- and scholarship-intensive courses.
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document Multifaceted Undergraduate Research Program Assessment Plan: Benefits, Challenges, and Utility - SPUR
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s multiple techniques for assessing its Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities program seek to address both big-picture concerns (e.g., are students learning?) and more pragmatic questions (e.g., are there barriers to participation?). The benefits and challenges of the quantitative and qualitative measures employed and the data’s role in program development are discussed.
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document Spring 2018 SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research - SPUR
Full issue of spring 2018 issue of SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research on undergraduate research and student success outcomes
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document A Model for Successful Cross-Campus Collaboration for Engaging Potentially At-Risk Students in Mentored Undergraduate Research Early in Their College Career - SPUR
The authors discuss the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) at University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, which pairs beginning students with mentors as paid research apprentices for one academic year. It seeks to encourage participation of students from underserved groups who are at higher risk of dropping out of college. Preliminary data indicate that students and mentors value the program, and second- and third-year retention rates for RAP participants are higher than the campus retention rates.
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document The Impact of Undergraduate Research on Academic Success - SPUR
This article assesses the accuracy of the assumption that undergraduate research leads to better student outcomes. It examines whether research involvement by undergraduates predicts subsequent academic success, as measured by grade point average (GPA). Consistent with predictions, results from a series of multiple regression analyses demonstrate that research involvement is associated with higher undergraduate GPA. This effect holds true even when controlling for numerous factors.
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document The Impact of Early Participation in Undergraduate Research Experiences on Multiple Measures of Premed Path Success - SPUR
The authors examine the effects of undergraduate research experiences on key steps in the path to medical school, considering the case of an undergraduate research experience (URE) offered to first-year students that also might influence performance in large introductory science courses. Using a historical dataset of 15,000 first-year students,logistic and linear regressions were performed to better understand the influence of early UREs on different measures of college success.
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Apr 25, 2018 PDF Document Introduction: Undergraduate Research and Student Success Outcomes - SPUR
SPUR Editor-in-Chief James LaPlant describes the contents of the spring 2018 issue of SPUR on "Undergraduate Research and Student Success Outcomes."
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Apr 24, 2018 PDF Document Spring 2018 SPUR Table of Contents - SPUR
Table of Contents for Spring 2018 Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, "Undergraduate Research and Student Success Outcomes"
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