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Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research at CSUSM. Academic Affairs Town Hall September 18, 2008. Purpose of Town Hall. Introduce Committee on Undergraduate Research (CUGR) and its origins Begin dialogue about undergraduate research at CSUSM Obtain feedback on draft plan

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Institutionalizing undergraduate research at csusm

Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research at CSUSM

Academic Affairs Town Hall

September 18, 2008


Institutionalizing undergraduate research at csusm

Purpose of Town Hall

  • Introduce Committee on Undergraduate Research (CUGR) and its origins

  • Begin dialogue about undergraduate research at CSUSM

    • Obtain feedback on draft plan

  • Begin to document faculty/student collaborations in scholarly activity and research at CSUSM


Institutionalizing undergraduate research at csusm

A Confluence of Essential Components

Undergraduate Research that is:

Faculty-driven,

Student-centered, and

Institutionally-supported

Provides the combination of factors necessary for:

Pedagogical effectiveness, Enhanced learning outcomes, Research productivity, and Research program sustainability


Csusm emphasis on student and faculty engagement in research

CSUSM Emphasis on Student and Faculty Engagement in Research

  • Campus Mission Statement: “Students work closely with a faculty of active scholars and artists whose commitment to sustained excellence in teaching, research, and community partnership enhances student learning.”

  • Academic Excellence Strategic Priority: “We are committed to the success of students by encouraging their intellectual engagement and by supporting the teaching, research, and creative activities of a stellar faculty.”

  • Academic Affairs Goal: “Support faculty research and creative activity to create a community of scholars that collaborates with a community of learners.”


Cur institute institutionalizing undergraduate research

CUR Institute: “Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research”

  • February 2008 - CSUSM participated in CUR Institute for Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research

    • Sponsored by National Science Foundation

    • For institutions without a tradition or culture of campus-wideengagement in undergraduate research

    • Competitive application

    • One of two CSU campuses selected


Goals of cur institute

Goals of CUR Institute

  • Assist institutions to:

    • Articulate goals forinstitutionalizing undergraduate research

    • Develop strategies to achieve these goals on their campuses

  • Develop communities of scholars among participating campuses to build a culture that supports undergraduate research


Csusm team for cur institute

CSUSM Team for CUR Institute

  • A diverse disciplinary group

  • Active researchers and mentors of undergraduate students in research

  • Success at securing external research and training grants

    • Chuck De Leone (Physics Department Chair)

    • George Vourlitis (Biological Sciences faculty)

    • Keith Trujillo (Psychology faculty; Associate Director of the Office of Biomedical Research)

    • Gerardo Gonzalez (Dean/AVP for Graduate Studies & Research)


Program for the cur institute

Program for the CUR Institute

  • Plenary lectures presented by facilitators

  • Individual team meetings with CUR mentors

    • Jeff Marshall, Cal Poly Pomona

    • CSUSM team reflected on current status of undergraduate research at CSUSM 

    • Drafted a mission statement, goals, and action plan for undergraduate research at CSUSM


Cur institute follow up activities

CUR Institute Follow-up Activities

  • April 2008 - Convened CSUSM Committee on Undergraduate Research (CUGR)

  • June 2008 - National CUR conference

    • Poster presentation on CSUSM Draft Plan

  • November 2008 - CSU Conference on Institutionalizing Undergraduate research

  • April 2009 - CUR Dialogues Meeting

  • Spring 2009 - Site visit from CUR liaison

    • To discuss progress on CSUSM initiative


Current composition of cugr

Current Composition of CUGR

  • CUGR serves as steering committee to promote broader faculty participation in student-faculty research

    • Peter Arnade (History)

    • Bonnie Bade & Konane Martinez (Anthropology)

    • Denise Boren (Nursing)

    • Eliza Bigham (Human Development)

    • Chuck De Leone (Physics)

    • Ann Fiegen (Library)

    • James Hamerly (Business)

    • Kathy Norman (Education)

    • Arcela Nuñez-Alvarez (National Latino Research Center)

    • Martha Stoddard-Holmes (Literature & Writing)

    • Keith Trujillo (Psychology)

    • George Vourlitis (Biological Sciences)

    • Gerardo González (Graduate Studies & Research)


Draft plan short term goals

Draft Plan: Short-term Goals

  • Conduct an inventory of undergraduate research

    • Assess the strengths and gaps for developing a campus undergraduate research program and a research-supportive curriculum

  • Identify core faculty committed to mentoring undergraduate students in research and/or integrating undergraduate research in the curriculum

  • Inform and foster dialogue among faculty and students about the benefits of undergraduate research

  • Establish an institutional priority for undergraduate research


Draft plan intermediate goals

Draft Plan: Intermediate Goals

  • Develop a system tolink faculty and undergraduate students in research activities

  • Strengthencampus administrative andorganizational infrastructure for faculty-mentored undergraduate student research

    • e.g., establish a centralized program to coordinate activities, including campus-wide student symposia and seminars


Draft plan intermediate goals1

Draft Plan: Intermediate Goals

  • Identify external resources to support undergraduate research

    • Help faculty submit external grant proposals; obtain resources; secure equipment/facilities

  • Implement a research-supportive undergraduate curriculum

  • Recognize faculty and student research through celebration of achievements

  • Initiate assessment of undergraduate research outcomes via faculty consultation


Draft plan long term goals

Draft Plan: Long-term Goals

  • Marshal internal resources and administrative support to sustain undergraduate research

    • e.g., faculty professional development and research facilities 

  • Provide stipends, travel grants, and fellowships for undergraduate students to conduct supervised research

  • Create summer research programs for undergraduate students to collaborate on faculty-mentored research projects 


Draft plan long term goals1

Draft Plan: Long-term Goals

Clarify faculty retention, tenure, and promotion guidelines to advance undergraduate research

Conduct ongoing assessment of undergraduate research outcomes


Institutionalizing undergraduate research at csusm

A Confluence of Essential Components

Undergraduate Research that is:

Faculty-driven,

Student-centered, and

Institutionally-supported

Provides the combination of factors necessary for:

Pedagogical effectiveness, Enhanced learning outcomes, Research productivity, and Research program sustainability


Questions

Questions?

  • Feedback on draft plan?

  • Examples of faculty/student collaboration in scholarly activity and research?


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