The Indispensable Guide to Undergraduate Research

Author: Anne H. Charity Hudley
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807775820
Release Date:
Genre: Study Aids

Despite all of the information that exists to encourage students to attend and do well in college, this is the first research-based guide that directly advises first- and second-year college students. With a focus on the needs and interests of students who are underrepresented in the academy (African American, Latinx, low-income, and first-generation students), this book will help all students take full advantage of the academic resources that the university setting has to offer. The authors introduce students to different types of research across the disciplines, showing them how to work with professors to build a course of study, how to integrate research work into coursework, and how to write and present research. This timely volume will also assist faculty, staff, and parents in providing the needed tools to promote student success. Book Features: Prepares students for the transition from high school to college with a focus on writing, time management, and research skills.Addresses the challenges that face high-achieving, underrepresented students.Empowers students to seek out resources and research opportunities to achieve their full academic potential.Includes models, approaches, student voices, and vignettes from the authors’ successful undergraduate research program. “A must read for every college student. This practical guide provides a roadmap for success as a researcher, a scholar, and a learner.” —Tia Brown McNair, Association of American Colleges & Universities “Faculty mentors and administrative leaders who aspire to be effective sponsors and supporters of students from diverse backgrounds should definitely acquire this resource.” —Elizabeth L. Ambos, Council on Undergraduate Research “What I love about this book is the broader, humanistic conversation about how pursuing research becomes a window into how one becomes a supremely informed and critical citizen.” —Armando Bengochea, director, Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Undergraduate Research in the Sciences

Author: Sandra Laursen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470625637
Release Date: 2010-06-15
Genre: Education

Undergraduate research enhances the learning experience of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Undergraduate Research in the Sciences offers a groundbreaking and practical research-based book on the topic. This comprehensive resource addresses how undergraduate research benefits undergraduate participants, including those populations that are underrepresented in the sciences; compares its benefits with other types of educational activities and experiences; and assesses its long-term value to students and faculty as both a scholarly and educational endeavor. In laying out the processes by which these benefits are achieved, this important book can assist faculty and program directors with practical guidance for design and evaluation of both new and existing undergraduate research programs. Praise for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences "This meticulous, definitive study of the effects of working with a faculty member on research as an undergraduate confirms the overall value of the experience by taking us deep into the minds and actions of participants—both faculty and students. As a result we now have many more compelling reasons to get more students involved with research mentors and ways to optimize the benefits for all parties."—George D. Kuh, Chancellor's Professor and director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research "This timely book offers a unique, comprehensive analysis of undergraduate research in the sciences, based on the voices of college students and faculty mentors who have participated in these voyages of discovery. As our nation struggles to train more scientists, this book will be a valuable resource for designing undergraduate research experiences that can build our country's capacity for discovery and innovation."—Arthur B. Ellis, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, San Diego "The text is written in a lucid and engaging style and will be a valuable guide to policymakers, academic administrators, and faculty members who want to find ways to engage undergraduates in the 'real work' of investigation."—Judith A. Ramaley, president, Winona State University "This book is a 'must-read' for anyone who directs undergraduates in research. It presents an impressive and rigorous body of work that brings fresh insights into the field of undergraduate research. The next generation of scientists will benefit greatly from the findings and recommendations!"—Jo Handelsman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Yale University

The Undergraduate Research Handbook

Author: Gina Wisker
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9780230364967
Release Date: 2009-08-28
Genre: Reference

This practical, research-informed text will provide students across all disciplines with models, tasks and activities to enable them to plan, action, write and present quality research. It will help develop ideas, creative thinking and systematic research practices to enable students to produce high quality dissertations and reports.

Creating Effective Undergraduate Research Programs in Science

Author: Roman Myron Taraban
ISBN: 0807748773
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Education

This is the first comprehensive, data-based study of the benefits to students who actively participate in authentic science research programs. The book features contributors from a variety of institutions who bring together studies of undergraduate research programs. They focus on identifying the successful elements of each program, and then draw valuable conclusions on the effects those programs have on the students. Providing much-needed information about the organization and administration of programs and the challenges to creating and sustaining viable research opportunities, this essential resource features a variety of perspectives, including those of external evaluators, longtime program directors, participants, and administrators. Creating Effective Undergraduate Reseach identifies the characteristics of effective programs and the kinds of gains that faculty and administrators can expect from them, and examines the barriers to research opportunities, including lack of departmental and institutional resources and inadequate faculty compensation. This book can be used as a primer for creating programs and for determining their effectiveness.

How to Do a Research Project

Author: Colin Robson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Limited
ISBN: 1118691326
Release Date: 2014-08-01
Genre: Project method in teaching

Written specifically to address the needs and concerns of the undergraduate, this tightly focused second edition guides students through the process of conducting and completing a research project. Friendly and accessible, this fully-updated second edition includes a number of accompanying student support materials to aid students further. Closely integrated sets of end-of-chapter tasks covering all aspects of research projects from design to completion, as well as suggested further reading, enhance each chapter. A wide range of additional helpful materials relevant to particular subject areas is also available on the accompanying website at This textbook is an invaluable resource for students in a wide range of disciplines and fields of study, particularly those planning to use social research methods or to carry out a library-based study, for their undergraduate research project.

Undergraduate Research for Student Engagement and Learning

Author: Joseph L. Murray
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317432265
Release Date: 2017-08-09
Genre: Education

There is growing interest in undergraduate research, given its benefits to students, faculty members, and the institution. For higher education scholars, faculty, and administrators, this book logically synthesizes the literature to demonstrate its impact on facilitation of learning and engagement and to chart a course for expanding and improving these opportunities. This book provides a comprehensive overview of undergraduate research as a "high-impact practice" in postsecondary education, from its theoretical underpinnings and research-base, to student participation and faculty incentives. This important resource offers analysis of the current state of undergraduate research, explores challenges and unresolved questions affecting undergraduate research, and provides implications for research and practice.

Undergraduate Research in Music

Author: Gregory Young
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351847681
Release Date: 2017-08-09
Genre: Music

Undergraduate Research in Music: A Guide for Students supplies tools for scaffolding research skills, with examples of undergraduate research activities and case studies on projects in the various areas of music study. Undergraduate research has become a common degree requirement in some disciplines and is growing rapidly. Many undergraduate activities in music have components that could be combined into compelling undergraduate research projects, either in the required curriculum, as part of existing courses, or in capstone courses centered on undergraduate research. The book begins with an overview chapter, followed by the seven chapters on research skills, including literature reviews, choosing topics, formulating questions, citing sources, disseminating results, and working with data and human subjects. A wide variety of musical subdisciplines follow in Chapters 9–18, with sample project ideas from each, as well as undergraduate research conference abstracts. The final chapter is an annotated guide to online resources that students can access and readily operate. Each chapter opens with inspiring quotations, and wraps up with applicable discussion questions. Professors and students can use Undergraduate Research in Music: A Guide for Students as a text or a reference book in any course that has a significant opportunity for the creation of knowledge or art, within the discipline of music or in connecting music with other disciplines.

Getting In

Author: David G. Oppenheimer
ISBN: 0692488340
Release Date: 2015-09-01

Whether you're premed, pregrad, preprofessional, undecided, or headed for the job market after graduation, undergrad research can help you define your career path and prepare for it. But research opportunities are highly competitive so where do you start and how do you find the perfect position? Getting In brings together the essential information you need with a no-nonsense approach that will save you time and frustration. Co-written by academic insiders, Getting is like having two mentors coach you through your search and keep you organized as you decide on which research positions to pursue, contact potential mentors, nail interviews, and ultimately choose a research experience.Getting In gives you the guidance you need including: * Creative search strategies * Mistakes to avoid during the search, application, and interview * How to approach a professor after lecture or during office hours * Email templates that get you noticed * Time-management strategies to maintain your academic/life balance * Tips to determine if you should accept or decline a research position * How to use your research experience to build habits for success in the lab, in college, and in lifeAdditional tips, tricks, and strategies for getting the most out your STEM undergrad research experience can be found at at and on Twitter at @youinthelab.D.G. Oppenheimer, Ph.D., is an associate professor of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Florida. P.H. Grey, B.A., is a molecular biology research scientist who started her research career as an undergraduate laboratory assistant. Together, they have over 46 years experience training, mentoring, and writing recommendation letters for undergrad researchers. They understand the challenges that students face when searching for a research experience and how to successfully navigate around them.

Succeeding in Graduate School

Author: Steven Walfish
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781135657321
Release Date: 2001-06-01
Genre: Psychology

Psychology students who want to continue their education today are confronted by a bewildering variety of possibilities. Succeeding in Graduate School offers them much needed practical help. Written by experienced mentors, this book: *explains the options provided by a bachelor's degree, describes what each of the many available programs at the master's and doctoral levels prepares one to do, helps in selecting the most appropriate program, and enhances one's chances of being admitted; *gives reader-friendly tutorials in teaching, research, and clinical/consulting skills; *describes the stresses of life as a graduate student; *suggests ways to cope with the management of difficult professors, the search for the optimal advisor-mentor match, and other political and emotional problems that can make or break a graduate career; *offers advice on overcoming obstacles to completing a thesis or dissertation; and *provides guidance on navigating beyond graduate school: maintaining one's ethical focus, getting into and completing the internship that is a requirement of many programs, obtaining a license for those requiring one to work, and in general, building a career beyond the degree. Clear, crisp, and comprehensive--with extensive references for further exploration--Succeeding in Graduate School is must reading for undergraduates and graduate students alike.

A Primer for Undergraduate Research

Author: Aaron Wootton
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 9783319660653
Release Date: 2018-02-06
Genre: Mathematics

This highly readable book aims to ease the many challenges of starting undergraduate research. It accomplishes this by presenting a diverse series of self-contained, accessible articles which include specific open problems and prepare the reader to tackle them with ample background material and references. Each article also contains a carefully selected bibliography for further reading. The content spans the breadth of mathematics, including many topics that are not normally addressed by the undergraduate curriculum (such as matroid theory, mathematical biology, and operations research), yet have few enough prerequisites that the interested student can start exploring them under the guidance of a faculty member. Whether trying to start an undergraduate thesis, embarking on a summer REU, or preparing for graduate school, this book is appropriate for a variety of students and the faculty who guide them.

Helping College Students Find Purpose

Author: Robert J. Nash
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470557184
Release Date: 2009-12-22
Genre: Education

Praise for Helping College Students Find Purpose "A generous and inspiring book! In the spirit of 'convocation,'Nash and Murray call together both university faculty and studentaffairs professionals to provide them new means for helping morecollege students realize the highest purpose of highereducation—that, in pursuing the means to make a living, onecomes to make a meaning worth living for." —Robert Kegan, William and Miriam Meehan Professor ofAdult Learning and Professional Development, Harvard University "Educators across campuses—faculty and administratorsalike—will find in this book not only the importance ofhelping their students construct meaning upon which to base theiracademic and life ambitions, but also practical suggestions fordoing so. Ultimately, those who will benefit most from this bookare students whose education inside and outside the classroom isinformed by the type of cross-campus, interdisciplinary approach tomeaning-making put forth by the authors." —Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy, executive director,NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education "This comprehensive compendium is a must-read for any highereducation professional interested in responding to students'ubiquitous concerns about existential issues concerning purpose andmeaning. It brings together classical and contemporary thought,conceptual depth, and concrete suggestions for practice. Thisscholarship is enriched and enlivened by the authors' personalperspectives and experiences, and by student voices and vignettes.Buy it and keep it handy as a source of wisdom and goodcounsel." —Arthur W. Chickering, coauthor, EncouragingAuthenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education andEducation and Identity "A thoughtful, provocative, moving, yet practical guide for anyteacher seeking to make the college classroom a space forinspiration and hope." —Ruth Behar, professor of anthropology, University ofMichigan; MacArthur Genius Award winner; and author, TheVulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart

A Research Guide for Undergraduate Students

Author: Nancy L. Baker
Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer
ISBN: 0873529243
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

For nearly twenty-five years A Research Guide for Undergraduate Students has helped students avoid the pitfalls of conducting library research for term papers and theses. Updated and revised, the sixth edition shows undergraduates how to use their research time efficiently and how to locate and evaluate material available from electronic databases and the Internet.

Course Based Undergraduate Research

Author: Nancy H. Hensel
Publisher: Stylus Publishing (VA)
ISBN: 1620367807
Release Date: 2018-06-27
Genre: Education

Co-published with the Council for Undergraduate Research Undergraduate research has long been recognized as a high-impact practice (HIP), but has unfortunately been offered only to juniors and seniors, and to very few of them (often in summer programs). This book shows how to engage students in authentic research experiences, built into the design of courses in the first two years, thus making the experience available to a much greater number of students. Research that is embedded in a course, especially general education courses, addresses the issue of how to expand undergraduate research to all students. Research has shown that students who have early experiences in undergraduate research are more likely to pursue further research prior to and after graduation. This is also an issue of social justice because it makes the benefits of undergraduate research available to students who must work during the academic year and in the summer. It is widely accepted that the skills developed through undergraduate research help prepare students for their future careers. The book addresses all aspects of the topic, including: - What are appropriate expectations for research in the first two years; - How to design appropriate course-based research for first- and second-year students; - How to mentor a class rather than individual students; - How students can disseminate the results of their research; - Possible citizen-science projects appropriate for the first and second years; - Providing additional resources available to support course-based research in the first two years. Designed for faculty at four-year and two-year colleges - and including examples from the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities - the strategies and methods described can be adapted to disciplines not specifically mentioned in the book. Many faculty are hesitant to engage first and second year students in undergraduate research because they worry students don't know enough to conduct authentic research in their discipline, because they worry about the time it will take to develop activities for these students, and because they wonder how they can mentor a whole class of students doing research. The authors have successfully dealt with these issues, and provide examples of how it's done.

The Professor Is In

Author: Karen Kelsky
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780553419436
Release Date: 2015-08-04
Genre: Education

The definitive career guide for grad students, adjuncts, post-docs and anyone else eager to get tenure or turn their Ph.D. into their ideal job Each year tens of thousands of students will, after years of hard work and enormous amounts of money, earn their Ph.D. And each year only a small percentage of them will land a job that justifies and rewards their investment. For every comfortably tenured professor or well-paid former academic, there are countless underpaid and overworked adjuncts, and many more who simply give up in frustration. Those who do make it share an important asset that separates them from the pack: they have a plan. They understand exactly what they need to do to set themselves up for success. They know what really moves the needle in academic job searches, how to avoid the all-too-common mistakes that sink so many of their peers, and how to decide when to point their Ph.D. toward other, non-academic options. Karen Kelsky has made it her mission to help readers join the select few who get the most out of their Ph.D. As a former tenured professor and department head who oversaw numerous academic job searches, she knows from experience exactly what gets an academic applicant a job. And as the creator of the popular and widely respected advice site The Professor is In, she has helped countless Ph.D.’s turn themselves into stronger applicants and land their dream careers. Now, for the first time ever, Karen has poured all her best advice into a single handy guide that addresses the most important issues facing any Ph.D., including: -When, where, and what to publish -Writing a foolproof grant application -Cultivating references and crafting the perfect CV -Acing the job talk and campus interview -Avoiding the adjunct trap -Making the leap to nonacademic work, when the time is right The Professor Is In addresses all of these issues, and many more. From the Trade Paperback edition.

How to Succeed in College and Beyond

Author: Daniel R. Schwarz
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118974841
Release Date: 2016-02-16
Genre: Education

How to Succeed in College and Beyond is an insightful, inspired guide to the undergraduate experience that helps students balance the joy of learning with the necessity of career preparation. Features a wealth of advice for getting the most from an undergraduate education, especially inthe areas of arts and humanities, written by an experienced educator and mentor Covers the entire undergraduate experience, from high school preparation, applications,financial aid, each undergraduate year from freshman to senior, junior year abroad course selection, and extra-curricular activities, to independent study, honors essays, graduate school, dissertations, and career searches Discusses the benefits of pursuing an arts and humanities degree including how to write effectively, speak articulately, and think critically and discusses how to balance the joy and practicality of education in terms of getting vocationally-focused qualifications. Packed with information that is as helpful to students as it is to their parents, teachers, and advisors, this guide is a indispensible resource for prospective and present undergraduates