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Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

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Underserved Student Population: Nontraditional Students, Wesley F. Lewis Oct 2018

Underserved Student Population: Nontraditional Students, Wesley F. Lewis

Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

40 percent of students enrolled in postsecondary institutions are nontraditional students (NTS), but many of the services offered are designed for traditional students (NCES, 2017). How does an undergraduate research office support this growing student population? To answer this question, a literature review was conducted, and the following themes were discovered: barriers to nontraditional students participation, programs designed for NTS, and a gap within the literature of student’s perception on participating in UR programs. Before addressing this issue, programs should first conduct an analysis of available data on their NTS to determine if special programs are warranted.


A Cohort-Based Program To Help Students Prepare A Conference Research Presentation, Alanna Lecher Oct 2018

A Cohort-Based Program To Help Students Prepare A Conference Research Presentation, Alanna Lecher

Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

Students move through many first time experiences when navigating their undergraduate and graduate education. Such experiences include the first time students submit an article to a peer-reviewed scientific journal, attend a conference, and conduct fieldwork. The cohort model has been shown to be effective in increasing success in undergraduate education, and it can be adapted to helping students succeed in these novel experiences as well. This presentation will explore one program where the cohort model was implemented to aid undergraduate students preparing their first conference presentation on a scientific research project. Program structure and implementation will be described.


Leading Students To Empower Their Peers In Undergraduate Research, Aubrey A. Kuperman, Colleen Smith, Tracy Baker, Jodiene Johnson Oct 2017

Leading Students To Empower Their Peers In Undergraduate Research, Aubrey A. Kuperman, Colleen Smith, Tracy Baker, Jodiene Johnson

Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

UCF and FAU’s offices of undergraduate research have three separate opportunities for current undergraduate researchers to assume a leadership role and assist their peers in getting started in research. This presentation will lay out the three models, at each institution, for student leadership in undergraduate research: peer mentors/ student teaching assistants, student assistants who host peer mentor advising hours throughout the academic year, and student councils who focus on outreach across campus and serve in an advisory capacity. This session will provide an overview of these programs on the two campuses.


Undergraduate Student Research Practices At Fgcu, Examples From Various Disciplines, Hulya Julie Yazici, Peter Reuter Oct 2017

Undergraduate Student Research Practices At Fgcu, Examples From Various Disciplines, Hulya Julie Yazici, Peter Reuter

Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

The purpose of this presentation is to show examples of undergraduate student involvement with research/scholarship, either via course-embedded research practices, or research activities outside the classroom. Examples from health profession, business, STEM disciplines, and humanities will demonstrate how research is implemented and which outcomes for students have been achieved. The presenters will share the challenges and opportunities faced, and probe the audience for their experiences and future directions.


Student Opportunities At Florida International University: A Snapshot, Allen Varela, Jorge Torres Oct 2016

Student Opportunities At Florida International University: A Snapshot, Allen Varela, Jorge Torres

Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

The Honors College (HC) was asked by the FIU Provost to take the lead in creating an innovative culture for undergraduate research at FIU. Our presentation is about how two of the elements of HC’s successful research program have been expanded university-wide: our Conference for Undergraduate Research (CURFIU) and our research opportunity database, the FIU Undergraduate Research Portal. The creation of this database provides an interactive site with information about research opportunities, conferences, scholarships, and a subscription system for students. We also discuss the challenges we face as we try to promote undergraduate research in an environment of limited ...


Fgcuscholars: Using Undergraduate Research As A Tool To Enhance Student Writing, Critical Thinking, And Information Literacy, Mary Crone-Romanovski, Hulya Julie Yazici, Rita Rubin, Charles W. Gunnels Oct 2015

Fgcuscholars: Using Undergraduate Research As A Tool To Enhance Student Writing, Critical Thinking, And Information Literacy, Mary Crone-Romanovski, Hulya Julie Yazici, Rita Rubin, Charles W. Gunnels

Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

This presentation will overview FGCUScholars, a university-wide program at Florida Gulf Coast University that integrates undergraduate research across the university as a means of teaching and assessing writing, critical thinking, and information literacy. We will overview the development and learning outcomes of FGCUScholars and the implementation across the campus, highlighting examples of curricular changes in engineering that engage students throughout their career at FGCU, the role of problem/project-based learning (PBL) in business classes, the development of research assignments that use digital media in literature courses, and the creation of disciplinary-specific sections of Composition II.