Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery:
Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines
Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Defining Dimensions of Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate research is a high-impact learning strategy that prepares students for the complex challenges of today and unknown problems of tomorrow. As colleges and universities increasingly include research as an essential part of the undergraduate experience, faculty and administrators need to consider different dimensions. What do we mean by undergraduate research? Who should participate? What should we expect from students? In this keynote address, Dr. Hensel will examine how campuses are answering such questions and developing research programs that reflect institutional values, culture, and strengths.
Nancy Hensel, Executive Director, Council on Undergraduate Research
Dr. Hensel is the principal investigator on three NSF grants to assist four-year and community colleges in developing undergraduate research. She is the co-editor of Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges with Brent D. Cejda and Transformative Research at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions with Kerry K. Karukstis.
Friday, November 12, 2010, 9:20 – 10:30 a.m.
Undergraduate Research across the Disciplines: Evidence of Impact
How do we know that student engagement in research actually leads to the many outcomes it claims? How is research positioned in the undergraduate curriculum as a critical bridge to success for non-traditional students? Three nationally recognized researchers will share findings about the ways in which undergraduate research advances students’ abilities to integrate knowledge and tackle unscripted problems.
Susan Elrod, Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, AAC&U; Jillian L. Kinzie, Associate Director, National Survey of Student Engagement, Indiana University Bloomington; and Elaine Seymour, Director Emerita of Ethnography and Evaluation Research, University of Colorado at Boulder
LUNCHEON AND PLENARY
Friday, November 12, 2010, 12:30 – 2:15 p.m.
separate registration and fee required
The Art of Questioning and Exploring Our Universe
What can students learn from studiously contemplating their immediate environment? What cultural and historical knowledge might they find in the architecture of a building or the structure of a rural town? How can they learn to look, deeply and carefully, at their media-saturated world? Dr. Stilgoe will share insights into the ways we can help students make meaning of the world around them through acute observation, questioning, and connecting seemingly disparate threads of information into coherent and creative constructs.
John R. Stilgoe, Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape, Harvard University
Dr. Stilgoe is the author of numerous books including Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places and Landscape and Images.
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Getting Ready for 2042: Mentoring Students toward Discovery
Demographers predict that by 2042, there will be no majority group in the U.S. Will we be able to deliver on the promise of democracy to develop talent across all American populations? Mentoring students toward discovery helps them to build motivation and skills for scientific invention and economic and social well-being. Dr. Gutiérrez will examine the role of undergraduate research in developing leaders for a multicultural society. Are we doing it right? What else should we intentionally be doing?
Carlos Gutiérrez, Professor of Chemistry, School of Natural and Social Sciences, California State University, Los Angeles
Dr. Gutiérrez directs California State University Los Angeles National Institutes of Health Minority Access to Research Careers and Minority Biomedical Research Support programs. A 2005 U.S. Professor of the Year, he has mentored more than 200 students and written numerous articles, all with student coauthors.