Thursday, April 18, 2013

CUR Workshop on Undergraduate Research - Lunch Session

WHAT: "Expanding Undergraduate Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences."

WHO: Jenny Shanahan, Director of Undergraduate Research at Bridgewater State University

WHERE:   UB 232

WHEN: Thursday, April 25 @ 11:30 am
“What’s in it for Faculty? Some Benefits of Mentoring Undergraduate Research”
Undergraduate research is a high-impact practice that sparks students’ interest in learning and inspires creativity and independent thought. It can also be very costly in terms of faculty workload and academic budgets, so it is essential to work out a feasible UR model that includes administrative support and incentives for the work of mentoring (e.g., in the tenure and promotion process), as well as other professional and personal rewards for mentors.  This session will highlight what the literature suggests about benefits to faculty of mentoring undergraduate researchers, from scholarly productivity to rewarding relationships. It will also show why some universities’ UR programs enjoy enthusiastic participation by faculty across the disciplines: key components that bring rewards to mentors as well as their students. Based on other campuses’ models and especially the particular needs of DePauw humanities and social sciences faculty, participants develop goals for the UR program in terms of faculty development and support.

Please read this document if you plan to attend the workshop:
"Undergraduate Research in the Humanities: Challenges and Prospects."

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