Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
As stated in the literature, undergraduate research has been recognized as a high impact practice which promotes critical thinking, improved analytical and communication skills, and retention in the field of study. During summer 2017, undergraduate researchers were engaged in discovery and learning in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program at University “X”. In one project, two students were helping the U.S. Department of Defense improve methods of identifying traumatic brain injury. In another research project, two students were looking into the potential results of future earthquake shockwaves. Others were innovating a substance to use in the restoration of artifacts or creating an affordable device to measure a fluid velocity field. The objective of this study is to examine the student perception of undergraduate research in engineering, mathematics, sciences, and humanities at University “X”. The effectiveness of the SURE program is investigated by analyzing a 1-5 Likert scale survey of student perception. The results of the survey show that at least 80% of the students rated the program as effective or very effective. Specifically, this study found that the SURE program increased students’ confidence in research abilities and communication skills, while many were still unsure about connecting theory and practice. This paper will discuss the scope of the student projects, results and analyses of the students’ perception, and potential future improvements for the program.
Ghanat, S. T., & Garner, D., & Howison, J., & Hunter, R. A., & Baker Swart, B., & Banik, S. M., & Verdicchio, M. P., & Washuta, N. J. (2018, June), Students’ Perception of a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience: Across the Disciplines Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31024
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