Presentation on theme: "Developing a Research Project Kenneth Gray, PhD Psi Beta Dorothy I. Mitstifer, PhD Kappa Omicron Nu."— Presentation transcript:
Developing a Research Project Kenneth Gray, PhD Psi Beta Dorothy I. Mitstifer, PhD Kappa Omicron Nu
The Research Idea KISS Keep It Simple, Student. Identify something of interest to you. Prepare to solve one piece of a problem. Realistic expectations Can you reasonably accomplish it?
Learn How to Collaborate Novice researchers develop best under the apprenticeship system of learning. Research is a creative enterprise; it is myth that creative work usually emerges from the mind of one person. Collaboration can occur with peers in a course setting or with an experienced researcher.
Assume Responsibility Undergraduate research is a boon to your academic record, BUT……… Research projects require a self-imposed Plan of action to structure the work and Deadlines. Accountability for process and content. Mutual respect among collaborators, whether co-researchers or advisers. Respect for boundaries.
Look for Support Research requires vision and discipline, but you need not rely solely on your own resources. Look for opportunities and resources in your unit or the university: Complete research as an Independent Study. Apply for research grants or awards. Apply for research assistantships. Volunteer to assist a professor. Convert a class project into research. Complete a service learning experience as research. Take a course in Research Methods.
Present & Publish Your Findings If the research is worth doing, it is worth going beyond the research report. The Undergraduate Research Community (URC) offers an annual Undergraduate Research Conference for the Human Sciences. URC sponsors the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences. For more information, see www.kon.org and click on Undergraduate Research Community at the bottom of the Home Page.www.kon.org
Workshop: Developing a Research Idea Brainstorm ideas for research topics – Record on flip chart. Vote on two highest priorities. Form groups for the top 3-5 topics. Each group explore the topic to Agree on a research idea. Identify next steps based upon the previous presentation. Share highlights with the whole group.
Summary This short workshop was intended to jump-start your thinking about undergraduate research. Perhaps one or more of the ideas will find research adopters, but the important outcome is awareness of how to develop a research project: Identify research idea; Learn how to collaborate; Assume responsibility; Look for support; and Present & publish your findings.