October 15th, 2018
Benefits for Faculty participating in Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
"Undergraduate research is a proven way to build college student success and drive innovation." -Council on Undergraduate Research
- increases aspirations
- increases core professional competencies
- mentorship and relationships increases students' perception of success
Students are not the only beneficiaries of involvement in undergraduate research and inquiry; benefits to faculty have also been observed. These include enhanced mentoring and teaching, enhanced satisfaction with their career and personal development, achieved scholarly and research outcomes (e.g. presentations and publications), and integrated teaching and scholarship. Faculty who were themselves engaged in similar activities as undergraduates identify the experience as being transformational for their careers.
Articles of Interest:
- Hearing: Driving Innovation through Federal Investments
- It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success
- Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- The FAU Library has established great resources to help in you and your students' research endeavors.
- The Graduate College and the Division of Research have put together a list of workshops for students to attend to improve their understanding of research and how to conduct a project responsibly.
Working with Minors and non-FAU students
Below you will find a series of resources for faculty who intend to work with minors and non-FAU students interested in working with them on academic or summer research projects.
FAU is lucky to have the enrollment of many students who are dual enrolled at the FAU High School. These students are participating in undergraduate research and creative activities. With this in mind, FAU has put together some helpful materials for faculty interested in working with these students who may still be under the age of 18. EHS Minors in the lab policy and Volunteer Authorization for treatment of Minors should be reviewed and paperwork submitted to Darlene Ward in EHS (DWARD@fau.edu) before work begins.
- Children in the Workplace
- Policies and Procedures for Working with Minors in Labs
- IACUC: policies for Minors in the Lab
Volunteer Registration and Background Checks: Volunteer registration, risk waiver, and background check paperwork should be completed by the student and faculty member in whose lab the student is working. There is a cost (~ $20 - $65) for the background check and all volunteers are required to have a volunteer background check. All forms should be sent to EMPL@fau.edu (HR for background check) and copy to Ashley Williams (registers volunteers with FAU).
Additional Forms and Documents:
- Volunteer Registration
- Volunteer Risk Waiver
- Volunteer Authorization for Minors
- Request for Volunteer background check
CITI – the Collaborative Inter-Institutional Training Initiative provides access to courses that are designed to be used by institutions and organizations to provide comprehensive training in a variety of areas such as Institutional Review Board (IRB), Good Clinical Practices, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and other areas. (content borrowed from the FAU RCR website)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Integrity has many resources on how to conduct a research project, research misconduct, programs, and several resources that may assist in your project.
National Center for Professional & Research Ethics (NCPRE), also known as Ethics Core, is a source where individuals can find videos, statistics, simulations, etc. that other researchers have conducted and shared with NCPRE.
- IRBs and Research on Teaching and Learning: This resource addresses common questions researchers might have about seeking approval from Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to conduct research on teaching and learning.
IMPLEMENTING RESEARCH INTO THE CURRICULUM
- The Boyer Report: Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America’s Research Universities
- Developing and Sustaining a Research-Supportive Curriculum: A Compendium of Successful Practices: Council on Undergraduate Research
The City University of New York (CUNY)
- Integrating Research into the Curriculum: Mitch Malachowski, CUNY
- The Essential Features of Undergraduate Research
- Integrating Research practices into Lower division and General Education courses: from the University of Maryland
Society for Neuroscience on Mentoring Undergraduates "is committed to advancing the understanding of the brain and nervous system by creating venues where great science gets shared, providing professional development for neuroscience professionals, promoting public education and general education in neuroscience research, and informing legislators and other policymakers about new developments."
Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (PURM) is as a multidisciplinary journal that includes the processes of undergraduate research.
How to mentor undergraduate researchers: A publication of the Council on Undergraduate Research. If any faculty members are interested in obtaining a copy, OURI has some for your convenience.
- Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE): The CURE survey measures student experiences in “research-like” or other science courses, and may be used as a pretest-posttests or pretest only survey.