Presentation on theme: "Cultivating a Multi-Disciplinary Learning Atmosphere for Undergraduate Research: The ACRE Success Story National Conferenc e for Undergraduate Research."— Presentation transcript:
Cultivating a Multi-Disciplinary Learning Atmosphere for Undergraduate Research: The ACRE Success Story National Conferenc e for Undergraduate Research April 2006 Asheville, NC Christian Hamann (Chemistry) Lisa Wilder (Economics) Wayne Vettleson (Theatre) Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference June 2006 DePauw, IN Andrea Chapdelaine (Provost) Teresa Gilliams (English) Stephen G. Mech (Biology) David Osgood (Biology)
History of Program CUR Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research Institute 1996 Mission to increase level of participation and institutionalize support for a campus-wide summer program Project must be “true collaborative effort between faculty member and student”
Mission Statement … designed to foster undergraduate scholarship, creative activity and research. The goal of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to engage in an in-depth learning experience that complements the breadth of the liberal-arts curriculum. Through this experience, students will increase their skills in their chosen field, foster professional relationships with faculty, and advance their knowledge in the chosen project area
Program Overview Summer and Interim models –10 weeks in summer –3-4 weeks in Interim Full or half ACREs All current students are eligible Application is a collaborative grant proposal –Evaluated by Undergraduate Research Committee –IRB/ACUC approval required
Making the Multi-disciplinary Connection Information sessions Planning meeting Weekly student presentations and discussions Summer picnic Campus presentation – Experience Event
Making the Multi-disciplinary Connection Weekly meetings
Making the Multi-disciplinary Connection Campus presentation – Experience Event
SAMPLES FROM ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES….
ANTHROPOLOGICAL PROFILE OF THE HOMELESS
CRIME MAPPING IN READING
Breaking the Mis-education Cycle Project goals –Describe features of multicultural curriculum –Define key tenets of a multicultural curriculum –Understand the multicultural classroom –Incorporate Carter G. Woodson’s The Mis- education of the Negro with the practical side of the overall project
Outcomes – Benefits for students Exposure and learning beyond their own area of concentration Conferences/publications/events –NCUR and regional conferences Sustained effort at and interest in engaging scholarly communities outside their discipline –National and International conferences Undergraduate research and Professional meetings in a variety of fields Graduate studies/jobs Foundations of Senior Thesis –Theses more multi-disciplinary
Survey Results a a,b b
Reasons for non-completion
Outcomes – Post-graduate Activity Higher Education –Masters (13 different programs)15 –PhD (4 different programs) 4 –Divinity School 2 –Medical School 2 –Total23 –Placement by ACRE graduates24% –Placement by total student body26-28%
Discussion – individual barriers to multidisciplinary projects What barriers do you anticipate for faculty participation? What barriers do you anticipate for student participation?
Discussion - Programmatic What are the factors that allow an interdisciplinary program to flourish? How can you develop or create these factors at your institution? What are the obstacles?