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Developing Interdisciplinary Research Partners: The Xxxxx by Yyyyyy Neuro Collaboration Research UREThis presentation reports on an undergraduate research experience (URE) designed to bridgeinterdisciplinary neuro-related research between labs. While there are many labs on universitycampuses that are exploring research focused on the nervous system, they tend to work inisolation, unaware of their colleagues across campus who are also engaged with related researchin a variety of different domains—a few examples include the obvious neuroengineering,neuroscience as well as cognition, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction,environmental science & technology, industrial engineering, aerospace, psychology, music, etc.This isolation prevents these labs from leveraging the potential for sharing resources such asknowledge, funding, professional connections, tools and equipment, as well as intellectualengagement with like-minded colleagues. Thus, one of the primary purposes of the Xxxxx byYyyyyy Neuro Collaborations Research summer URE was to develop a connection betweenthese labs and this research through a shared asset: the undergraduate researcher. This is thefirst step toward the ultimate goal of building a broad-based, interdisciplinary neuro-technologycommunity.Established in the Ddddd Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Mmmmm Nnnnn ofOooooo, the Xxxxx by Yxxxxxx Neuro Collaborations Research URE (XYNCR) was modeledafter the Ggggg Hhhhh Rxxxxx Exxxxx (Author, 2011) program which was an ABC-fundedURE designed to test the efficacy of linking the research of global-partners throughundergraduate students assigned to related projects in both labs. Similarly, the goal of XYNCRis to establish a collaborative relationship between labs that do not have a link in physical spaceyet have interests and work that are similar enough in nature to be reason for collaboration—or,certainly, conversation. The benefit to the XYNCR student, beyond participation in researchitself, is the opportunity to experience the two labs and their idiosyncratic ways of working,communicating, using their physical environments and resources while exploring the ways inwhich they are similarly connected through the projects, literature, theory, and practice.The first XYNCR cohort—Summer 2012— enrolled three undergraduate students from twodepartments linking six labs, PIs, and mentors. Each XYNCR student designed a researchproject that would benefit both of the labs that they recruited as partners. We used traditionalqualitative methods to study the outcomes—interviews, surveys, journals, and student-developedartifacts. This presentation will present the lessons we learned that answer our research question:In what ways can an undergraduate researcher as a shared asset foster collaboration betweenindependent labs doing similar work.Authors (2011) Title. In Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering EducationAnnual Conference and Exposition. American Society for Engineering Education.
Fasse, B. B., & Schwoebel, J. W., & Craig, E. J., & Joseph, A., & Vakharia, A., & Potter, S. M., & Dooley, K., & DUPE Linder, J. (2013, June), Developing Interdisciplinary Research Partners: The Learning by Innovative Neuro Collaborations Research URE Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19417
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