Balancing Teaching and Research at PUIs. Mary M. Allen Wellesley College.
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Mary M. Allen
“We operate on the principle that undergraduate research is not only the essential component of good teaching and effective learning, but also that research with undergraduate students is in itself the purest form of teaching”
James Gentile in Academic Excellence”
M.P. Doyle, Editor, Research Corporation,
“Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”
CUR April Dialogue, 1997
An undergraduate research experience
Pathways for Women in the Sciences
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation study
The ability to:
To think logically
To communicate in both written and oral form
To analyze, evaluate and synthesize information
To make informed judgments
To collaborate on a team effort
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Teach skills need for successful participation in a research project
Provide time and opportunities for students to carry out research
Integrate research and research-like experiences throughout
Engage students early in undergraduate research
Involve undergraduates in research and design projects carefully
Start students in the summer
Try not to take only one student
Pair up experienced and inexperienced students on same project
Give each student her own subproject so each can feel ownership
Collaborate -- other disciplines and other institutions
Wingard, L.L, Miller, S.R., Sellker, J.M.L., Stenn, E., Allen, M.M. and Wood, A. M. 2002. Cyanophycin production in a phycoerythrin-containing marine Synechococcus strain of unusual phylogenetic affinity. App. Envir. Microbiol. 68:1772-1777.
Kolodny, N.H.,*Bauer, D, *Bryce, K, *Klucevsek, K., *Lane, A., *Medeiros, L., *Mercer, W., *Moin, S., *Park, D., *Petersen, J., *Wright, J., *Yuen, C., Wolfson, A.J., and Allen, M.M. 2006. Effect of nitrogen source on cyanophycin synthesis in Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6308. J. Bacteriol. 188:934-940.
*Stewart, T.J., Yau, J-H, Allen, M.M., Brabander, D.J., and Flynn, N.T. Impacts of calcium-alginate density on equilibrium and kinetics of lead(II) sorption onto hydrogel beads. 2009. Colloid Polym Sci. In Press. (published on-line, 19 June 2009).
Try immediately for internal/INBRE research funds
Write research grants for external funding
have colleagues review
don’t get bummed out by rejection
Revise and resubmit
Think about Postdoc or RA funding