June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.1250.1 - 23.1250.11
Three classroom formats devoted to preparing STEM students for successful research endeavorsis the forum for this project. All formats are intended to reach undergraduate students early intheir academic careers. The three formats include: a semester long seminar, a one week “bootcamp”, and a 2 ½ day short course. The investigators attempt to keep the main topics in eachformat the same although time constraints do not allow thorough review of each topic in thelatter two formats. The topical content and activities cover the following areas: resume building,contacting a faculty mentor, reading and analyzing journal articles, understanding the differenttypes of literature available, using campus library resources, performing a literature review,discussion of intellectual property, tips on effective presentations, and career guidance. Thisproject is motivated by the need for students to acquire the appropriate skills in order to be mosteffective in conducting research under faculty supervision. This project is a collaborative effortbetween three institutions that have previous experience teaching research preparatory skills inthe different formats. The investigators are teaching each of the course formats at theirinstitution and working as a team to develop the appropriate course modules that can bedisseminated to interested institutions. In addition, they are working to prepare a set of bestpractices and evaluate the costs associated with each format. The team is developing a pre- andpost-test in the style of a concept inventory that can be used to assess improvements in studentunderstanding of research skills and concepts. Initial results show similar gains in conceptualawareness at each institution. This suggests that the educational models may be transferrableand easy to adopt by an institution. Focus group discussions indicate that students are pleasedwith the programs and consider them useful, especially for students preparing to conductresearch. To date, the team has impacted over 250 students and a web site has been developedfor disseminating project information. This project is funded by the NSF TUES Type IIprogram.
Burkett, S. L., & Bahr, D. F., & Pressley, S. N., & Schneider, K. R., & Lusth, J. C. (2013, June), Three Training Programs for Preparing Undergraduates to Conduct Research Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22635
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