- Our QEP Student Council established a student club called the Council of Scholarship and Inquiry (CSI). CSI is looking to expand its membership to interested students. The purpose of the organization is to promote and foster a culture of research, inquiry and creative activity at FAU and to provide students with opportunities to become immersed in this culture.
- CSI in collaboration with the QEP has established a university-wide undergraduate research journal. The journal provides students the opportunity to publish their work in a peer-reviewed journal.
- Three pilot Honors in the Major programs were selected based on recommendations from College Deans. The pilot programs that have been selected are in the departments of Accounting, Biology, and Political Science. The three pilot programs are currently beta-testing a collaborative model between departments and the QEP for establishing, implementing and assessing undergraduate research and inquiry curricular efforts. The QEP steering and assessment teams are currently working with these faculty and departments on this pilot program.
Currently we are working on several projects including developing an informational video about the QEP and “student spotlights” showcasing current undergraduate student scholars and their faculty mentos. We are currently partnered with Marketing and Creative Services and the Office of Information Technology on these and other projects.
5. QEP Freshman exposure pilot initiative
- We have partnered with the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) , to pilot a “research and inquiry exposure” focus into several Freshman Learning Communities and Living Learning Communities through a common course SLS 1502 which students are required to take. From the FLC and LLC offerings, eight wonderful instructors have agreed to partner with the QEP and implement a research and inquiry focus to their SLS course. They are currently developing course materials which expose students to the excitement of discovery and develop student specific skills (QEP student learning outcomes). These courses and assignments will be implemented in the SLS courses during fall 2012.
6. Free membership to the Council of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
- All FAU faculty, staff and students now have access to free membership to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). The benefits for faculty, staff and students include: access to special information on funding opportunities; research opportunities, awards, jobs and events; access to the Registry of Undergraduate Researchers for Graduate School recruitment (for faculty) and getting into graduate school (for students); subscription to the CUR Quarterly and other publications; substantial discount on conferences and workshops hosted by CUR. We encourage all to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
- To become a member begin by loging into myfau.fau.edu. Next, click on the "Student", "Faculty" or "Staff" tab (based on your status), and follow the instructions to apply for membership.
For more information about how to get involved in Undergraduate Research and Inquiry, please click here!