Presentation on theme: "Bonnie A. Green, Irina Khusid, Jyh-Hann Chang Psychology Department"— Presentation transcript:
1Mentoring Undergraduates in Research as Preparation for Graduate School Bonnie A. Green, Irina Khusid,Jyh-Hann ChangPsychology DepartmentCollege of Arts and SciencesEast Stroudsburg University
2Undergraduate Research Overview of what it should look likeText musings from students in graduate schoolEvaluation of NSF data from our studentsAnecdotes of successes and failures
3Mentoring Undergraduate Students … they aren’t just younger grad students! We all have models of research as graduate studentsThere are key differences when working with undergraduates that go beyond less experience/skillsThe Faculty/ Student Relationship MattersStudents have to be actively taughtResources for grants
4The Relationship More handholding than your graduate student Focus on different aspects of a large projectHave to provide students with theoretical backgroundCapitalize on personality traits more than gradesEmphasize summer opportunities over semesterMinimize size of groupStudents will need direct instructionFrom Blackbrun, T. (2011). Beyond the Grad Student-Teaching Undergraduates Through Research. A PowerPoint presentation by the Principal Investigators Association.
5Student Benefits Literature review Group involvement Presentations in group and at conferencesTier method in teachingApplication of classroom learningFrom Blackbrun, T. (2011). Beyond the Grad Student- Teaching Undergraduates Through Research. A PowerPoint presentation by the Principal Investigators Association.
6Funding Undergraduate Reserach NIH/AREA: NIH GrantsNSF/RUI: NSF GrantsResearch Corporation for Science Advancement: Research Corp GrantsFrom Blackbrun, T. (2011). Beyond the Grad Student-Teaching Undergraduates Through Research. A PowerPoint presentation by the Principal Investigators Association.
7Text messages … research “I am learning a lot about the research process, such as how to collect, enter, and analyze data. I am also learning a lot about how to apply to graduate school, what school to choose based on what I want to do in my career and how to write my personal statement” Mariah“I learned data collection, IRB procedures, data entry, literature review, SPSS, and now in grad school I was able to hit the ground running and way ahead of other first year grad students and now already working on my own research project with my advisor” Liam
8Text messages … life impact “Learned how to manage my time, really important in grad school!” Ashley“I would not be a graduate student if did not have this research experience at ESU” Deirdre
9Text messages … grad school/work place logistics “I was able to present the results of my research at the Regional and National Conferences several times” Liam“Learned how to use PsychInfo and conduct lit review!” Amanda“Learned how to write a proper IRB proposal” Jon“Learned about GRE and was able to drastically improve my GRE after changing my studying habits” Deirdre“Learned about Grad school application process and how to write a personal statement” Deirdre
10Text messages … standing out! “This research experience made me stand out among other applicants and helped me to get a job at a very prestige hospital as a mental health tech. I'm really excited!” Danielle“By conducting the research in the area I was interested in I was able to find a job that was right along with my research interest and kept me motivated for years!” Terry
11Modified NSF Survey on Undergraduate Research Experience Method:We modified the NSF Survey on Undergraduate ResearchEach faculty ed prior research studentsWe are still gathering more data, at the time of this analysis we had a ~70% response rateData collected September 2011
17Skills Developed 76.2% Stating Increased a Great Deal Understanding of how to conduct researchSkills in working independentlySkills in preparing written reports/presentationsAwareness of Ethics in Research71.4% Stating Increased a Great DealCollaborating with othersUnderstanding how to formulate a research question
18Change in Degree Aspiration 31.8% Bachelors Only27.3% Masters0% Ph.D.0% Bachelors Only35% Masters50% Ph.D.Before ResearchAfter Research
19Influencing Graduate School Whether or not to go to graduate school: 57.1% Extremely ImportantGetting accepted into graduate school: 50.0% Extremely Important
20Top Reasons for Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research? 73.9% of Students Cited Faculty Encouragement for reason to get involved with research.Though this study was done with students working in a specific “Lab” comprising 30% of our faculty, 70% of the faculty were specifically listed as encouraging students to get involved in research.
21Top Reasons for Doing Research 77.3% Extremely ImportantWanted hands on research experience72.7% Extremely ImportantResearch projects sounded interesting63.6% Extremely ImportantWanted to learn more about what its like to researchThought it would be fun!Personal Interaction with Faculty Member
22Least Likely Reason for Getting Involved? For graduation requirement36.4% said this was extremely important36.4% said this was not important at all
23What have you learned?What is the biggest lesson you learned working with undergraduate research students?What changes have you made over your experience?