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Preparing Undergraduates for Scholarship: Small Steps You Can Take in Your Classes

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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Tricks of the Trade in Teaching II

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New Engineering Educators

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22.1176.1 - 22.1176.9



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Clark Hochgraf Rochester Institute of Technology

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    Preparing Undergraduates for Scholarship: Small Steps You Can Take in Your ClassesAs a new faculty member, it is likely you are expected to produce scholarly publications inaddition to teaching. If you teach in a program with no graduate students, you will be moredependent upon undergraduates as part of your research and scholarship efforts. If you canfind ways in your teaching to prepare undergraduates to do scholarship, you’ll be in a betterposition to have successful undergraduate research experiences and find it easier tocommunicate those results through publications co-authored with your students.In this paper, I describe an easily implemented step I took in a 3rd year technical class thathelps prepare undergraduates to write scholarly publications. In the class, students mustprepare their term project in journal paper format and go through a revision process. Thisexposes students to a logical and structured way of presenting information and to the benefitof multiple revision cycles. The students’ efforts result in a professional-looking paper and asense of pride in the final product. I will share implementation tips from my experiencealong with survey results that demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach in achieving itsobjectives.

Hochgraf, C. (2011, June), Preparing Undergraduates for Scholarship: Small Steps You Can Take in Your Classes Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18913

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