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1 Joanne D. Altman, Washburn University, KS Kathy Morgan, Wheaton College, MA CUR National Conference, 2010 Weber State University, Ogden, UT Supervising Undergraduate Research: A Workshop on Tools and Techniques

2 The Plan… Take about min to share/brainstorm about the challenges associated with managing undergraduate research and researchers Share a few responses to those challenges as we go Break group into teams of folks with a particular challenge in mind on which they’d like to work; group assigns a recorder to take notes and report back at the end Give teams about min to work on possible solutions to the challenge they’ve taken on Wrap up with reports back to the group as a whole (depending on # of groups, not more than about 3-5 min) Solutions generated will be posted on Joanne’s wiki on supervising undergraduate research (supervisingundergraduateresearch.pbworks.com)

3 Recruiting Student Researchers  Sources for Recruitment:  Considerations/Cautions: Capstone courses Student advising meetings Research methods courses or other topical courses College job fairs Dept applications What previous experiences is necessary? Will student receive credit? If so, based on what? Will student be paid? If so, how? Stipend? Hourly? Work study? Grant? Other?

4 Communicating Expectations  If experience is credit-bearing:  If experience is not credit-bearing: Syllabus Contracts Student goal-setting documents Contracts Student goal-setting documents

5 Communicating Expectations  What should be considered? Deadlines Procedures and protocols Proper decorum Dress code (for some kinds of work) Responsibilities Emergency procedures Ethics  How best to deliver? Verbal only? Written contract only? Verbal plus contract? Use online tools? Handouts? Tests? Need for documentation (some kinds of jobs)

6 Some Examples…..  Kathy’s list of required documentation: Approved research proposal Research/practicum journal or log book Midsemester/midproject report from student on his/her research experience End of semester/End of project guided self-reflective essay from student on his/her research experience End of the semester/End of project presentation, report, manuscript, publication, or other relevant tangible culmination of the experience, to be made by student and documented to the extent possible (ex. With a copy of the finished project or paper, or a photocopy of a presentation abstract) End of semester/End of project report on student performance from research supervisor

7 Some Examples…..  Joanne’s list of skills (in handout packet) Includes items with regard to information literacy, framing questions, research design, data collection and analysis

8 Organizing Your Student Researcher(s)  Team Approaches  The Research Practicum  Creating a community  What does “independent” mean in “student independent research?”

9 Generating and Guiding Research Topics  Sources for Ideas:  Helping students zero in: Coursework Your own work Introductory or other texts News reports Local issues and needs Library Using Infotrac, Web of Science, Scopus

10 Finding Money for Your Student Researcher(s)  In-house: Dean of Students Provost’s Office Student Government Advising Office or similar Work-study  Regional/Local: Discipline-appropriate local businesses or industries Non-profit local interest groups

11 Finding Money for Your Student Researcher(s)  National: CUR Sigma Xi Disciplinary societies (ex. Psi Chi, Tri Beta, Animal Behavior Society)

12 Helping Students with Primary Literature  Joanne’s card technique 5 x 8

13 Helping Students with Primary Literature  Joanne and Kathy’s “article database” technique SourceFocusIV’sDV’sPopulationLimitsResults Altman, 2007 Colored syllabi Color vs. black & white Score on a syllabus quiz College freshmen No control for brightness Color decreased perform- ance Moore et al, 2005 Background vs text contrast in webpages Color congruity vs incongruity Score on recall test; attitude survey College students No control for brightness Incongruity improves recall; congruity improves attitude Sample Topic: Effects of colored text on retention

14 Assessment  What do we want to assess? Attitude Performance Knowledge gained Skills developed or advanced Grad school placement or appropriate employment Retention  Why? To assign a grade To improve our mentorship To generate data for grants, tenure cases, promotion

15 Assessment  How to assess: Some ideas…. Kathy’s rubric for research papers Joanne’s rubric Miguel Roig’s guidelines (St. John’s University) David Lopatto’s sitesite

16 Closing the Loop: Finding a Venue for Presentation  Undergraduate research journals: A few examples: Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences American Journal of Undergraduate Research The Journal of Young Investigators Discipline-specific UR journals (check around!) Caution: Check copyright info!  Undergraduate research conferences: In-house departmental or campus-wide interdisciplinary forums Regional undergraduate conferences Regional professional conferences CUR Posters on the Hill NCUR

17 Getting Compensation for Our Own Time  Some low-cost solutions: Teach a research practicum as a course (rotate it through the department Negotiate with faculty governance/dean for a small cash allocation “wild card” course releases Merit points used to determine allocation later of bonus pay, release time, etc. “bank” FTE for later barter

18 Ethical Worries  In recruitment of students as subjects For credit? Subject pools?  In student subject choice Invidious or sensational comparisons Violations of privacy  In students as coauthors How should authorship be negotiated? Roig’s rating scale (in handout packet) Burks & Chumchal 2009

19 Keep the conversation going! Visit and contribute to the wiki: Supervisingundergraduateresearch.pbworks.com


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