2008 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., May 6, 2008
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



"How are we doing?": Efforts to Encourage Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities

Jennifer Harris, Janice DeCosmo, Jessica Salvador, Torrey Morgan, and Hazelruth Adams - Undergraduate Research Program and Mary Gates Endowment for Students, Center for Experiential Learning

Ten years after the Boyer Commission Report, "Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities" (1998), we, along with our peer institutions, have come a long way in fostering student engagement in inquiry-based learning through undergraduate research. However, engaging undergraduates in social science-, arts-, and humanities-based research remains a challenge. The reasons for this are varied and complex, calling into question the ways that we work (e.g., teams or solo-practitioner) and the tools that we require scholars have in order to produce research, among other issues.

Our presentation highlights activities we have engaged in to encourage undergraduates to pursue research in the social sciences, arts, and humanities, as well as ways that we help students extend that research through funding mechanisms, training, and conference presentations. Some of these activities are recent: collaborative trainings with the Human Subjects Division; modifying program materials and planning panel presentations involving undergrads, graduate students, and faculty about what such research might look like. Other activities are more established: this year marks the Seventh Annual Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities; the sixth year of the URPís General Studies 391: Research Exposed course; and the second year of offering a dedicated performance space for students to present their scholarly creative work in the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. We invite visitors to discuss ideas and challenges they have experienced in engaging undergraduate researchers in the social sciences, arts, and humanities, and to suggest ways that we can extend our support of student research in these critical areas.




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