Table of Contents – Fall 2020


Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research Journal

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  • Contributions Made by Undergraduates to Research Projects: Using the CREDIT Taxonomy to Assess Undergraduate Research Experiences

    ‐ Matt Honoré, Thomas E. Keller, Jen Lindwall, Rachel Crist, Leslie Bienen, and Adrienne Zell
    SPUR (2020) 4 (1):

    The authors developed a novel tool, the CREDIT URE,to define and measure roles performed by undergraduate students working in research placements. Derived
    from an open-source taxonomy for determining authorship credit, the CREDIT URE defines 14 possible roles, allowing students and their research mentors to rate the degree to which students participate in each role. The tool was administered longitudinally across three cohorts of undergraduate student-mentor pairs involved in a biomedical research training program for students from diverse backgrounds. Students engaged most frequently in roles involving data curation, investigation, and writing. Less frequently, students engaged in roles related to software development, supervision, and funding acquisition. Students’ roles changed over time as they gained experience. Agreement between students and mentors about responsibility for roles was high.

  • Practice

    Teaching Computational Social Science Skills to Psychology Students: An Undergraduate Research Lab Case Study

    ‐ Brian A. Eiler, Patrick C. Doyle, Rosemary L. Al-Kire, and Heidi A. Wayment
    SPUR (2020) 4 (1):

    Data science methods increasingly are utilized to analyze theoretically derived psychological research questions. This article provides a case study of a student-focused research experience that introduced basic data science skills and their utility for psychological research, providing practical learning experiences for students interested in learning computational social science skills. Skills included programming; acquiring, visualizing, and managing data; performing specialized analyses; and building knowledge about open-science practices. Using examples from their teaching experiences, the authors describe how these skills can be incorporated into an active and engaging student learning experience that culminates in computational social science projects and presentations.


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