SPUR Best Article Honorees for Volume 6
Congratulations to the honorees in the Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Best Article Awards (volume 6).
Benefiting Historically Excluded Student Populations Through Targeted Undergraduate Research Programming
Jaclyn Chastain, Santiago Luaces, Melodie Eichbauer, Charles Gunnels
The article selected as the Best Paper for the 2022-2023 publication year stands out for its meticulous evaluation of the WiSER program’s impact on historically excluded students. It scrutinizes two pivotal hypotheses: the program’s support for traditionally excluded students and its influence on academic performance, particularly GPA and credit hours. Its rigorous methodology sets this paper apart, comparing WiSER participants with a matched control group from the general student population, ensuring a robust analysis. Moreover, the study’s examination of time-to-graduation further underscores its comprehensive approach. The article’s empirical depth, precision, and direct relevance to student success stand out in academic research.
The Genomics Education Partnership: First Findings on Genomics Research in Community Colleges
Paula Croonquist, Virginia Falkenberg, Natalie Minkovsky, Alexa Sawa, Matthew Skerritt, Maire Sustacek, Raffaella Diotti, Anthony Aragon, Tamara Mans, Goldie Sherr, Catherine Ward, Monica Hall-Woods, Anya Goodman, Laura Reed, David Lopatto
This article selected as an Honorable Mention for the 2022-2023 publication year, offers valuable insights into the Genomics Education Partnership (GEP) and its expansion into community colleges (CCs). The study’s focus on enhancing research opportunities for underrepresented students is commendable, particularly in the context of limited research capacity and budget constraints at two-year institutions. The findings reveal that CC students’ gains are on par with their non-CC counterparts, showcasing improved attitudes toward science and thriving in the field. The article’s contribution lies in demonstrating how the GEP model effectively supports CC students, providing a blueprint for mitigating research barriers in this educational setting.
In making its decision, the SPUR Best Article subcommittee of the SPUR Editorial Board considered excellence concerning the journal’s evaluation criteria, specifically
- Excellence concerning the journal’s evaluation criteria, specifically, “manuscripts that describe novel programs that can serve as models for other institutions, those containing a significant assessment of outcomes, and those articulating research on the efficacy of undergraduate research programs;
- Timeliness (addressing current issues in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity) and/or timelessness (articles likely to prove valuable over time);
- Broad appeal in terms of generalizability to disciplines and types of institutions; and
- Pedagogical value.
The members of the Best Paper Award Committee for volume 6 were Editorial Advisory Board Members Kymberly Harris, Hasitha Mahabaduge, Niharika Nath, and Aaron Sakulich.
Congratulations to the honorees in the Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Best Article Awards (volume 5).
Seven Principles for Reimagining UR in the “Next Normal”
Jenny Olin Shanahan, Jeanne Carey Ingle, Jing Tan, Thayaparan Paramanathan, and Kenneth W. Adams
The article was selected due to the timeliness and timelessness of its aspirational message and the values which we aspire to as a community, as well as its down-to-earth, practical insights into how to make the needed changes in undergraduate research to achieve equity in undergraduate research.
Increasing Students’ Sense of Belonging at Research Conferences
Kendra D. Stiwich and Victoria Ross
The article was selected as the runner-up in recognition of the unique and powerful new instrument that the faculty/student author team has developed and leveraged to gain insight into the capacity of a thoughtfully designed undergraduate research celebration to increase the sense of underserved students’ capacity to “be themselves” impacting their professional identity.
The members of the Best Paper Award Committee for volume 5 were Editorial Advisory Board Members Kymberly Harris, Hasitha Mahabaduge, Niharika Nath, and Aaron Sakulich.
Congratulations to the honorees in the Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Best Article Awards (volume 4).
BUILDing Equity in STEM: A Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program to Increase Achievement of Underserved Community College Students
Jared Ashcroft, Veronica Jaramillo, Jillian Blatti, Shu-Sha Angie Guan, Amber Bui, Veronica Villasenor, Alina Adamian, Gabriela Chavira, Carrie Saetermoe, Eileen Ie, Bryant Horowitz, Brissa Palacios, Pamela Byrd Williams, Erika Brockman, and Jennifer Moses
Academic and Professional Preparedness: Outcomes of Undergraduate Research in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Kelly Kistner, Erin M. Sparck, Amy Liu, Hannah Whang Sayson, Marc Levis-Fitzgerald, and Whitney Arnold
The members of the Best Paper Award Committee for volume 4 were Andrea Tartaro, Chair and committee members: Aaron Sakulich, Hasitha Mahabaduge, Kristin Picardo, and Kymberly Harris
Congratulations to the honorees in the inaugural SPUR Best Article Awards (volume 3).
Toward Greater Reproducibility of Undergraduate Behavioral Science Research
Bruce Evan Blaine St. John Fisher College
Preservice Teachers on Their Way to Becoming Reflective Practitioners: The Relevance of Freedom of Choice in Research-Based Learning
Franziska Nikolov, Constanze Saunders, and Heidi Schaumburg Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Reflections on the Evolution of Undergraduate Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Over the Past 25 Years
Mitchell R. Malachowski University of San Diego
The decision was made by the SPUR Best Article subcommittee of the Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research Editorial Board.
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