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Research Rookies Meeting. Monday, August 26, 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm FML Staff Lounge. Meeting Agenda. Welcome & introductions Meet Natalie Review handbook & meeting s chedule Steps to finding a faculty mentor Meet your small group Final thoughts. Welcome. Julia Spears, Director

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    1. Research Rookies Meeting Monday, August 26, 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm FML Staff Lounge

    2. Meeting Agenda • Welcome & introductions • Meet Natalie • Review handbook & meeting schedule • Steps to finding a faculty mentor • Meet your small group • Final thoughts

    3. Welcome • Julia Spears, Director • Rachel Tripodi, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Research • Lauren Boddy, Assistant Research Rookies Coordinator Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning Evans Field House 110 815-753-8154 ugresearch@niu.edu

    4. Welcome • Dr. Anne Birberick, Vice Provost

    5. Introductions • Name • Major • Freshmen, Sophomore, Transfer, Continuing • One thing you are excited about • One thing you are nervous about

    6. Meet Natalie • Natalie Cincotta • Sophomore • History & Journalism • Research Rookies International Liaison • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb6Q8bqlm3k&feature=youtu.be

    7. Conducting Research • Participating in faculty-mentored research is a privilege • Respect work and time of your mentor and of OSEEL staff

    8. Handbook Review • The goals of the Research Rookies Program are to: • Engage students in faculty-mentored research • Provide a positive learning environment • Help students pursue their goals • Introduce students to research • Give students the opportunity to meet other driven young people • Give students the opportunity to present at Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day

    9. Peer Leaders • Peer Leaders are responsible for: • Assisting with questions/concerns • Obtaining progress reports • Coordinating group activity • Notifying OSEEL staff of any issues

    10. Faculty Mentors • Faculty mentors are expected to: • Provide learning resources and necessary tools • Meet with the student • Attend the Faculty Mentor Orientation Luncheon • Assist the student with preparation for URAD • Attend URAD • Notify OSEEL staff of any issues

    11. Meeting Information • Meetings are mandatory • If you cannot attend a meeting, notify OSEELbefore missed meeting • Each unexcused absence will result in 10% stipend deduction • More than 3 unexcused absences will result in dismissal

    12. Meeting Information • Come prepared • Bring pen & paper to take notes • Be prepared to give updates on your progress • Come hungry • Dinner will always be served

    13. Meeting Schedule • Fall Semester • Monday, August 26 • Monday, September 9 (Pictures) • Monday, October 7 • Monday, November 4 • Monday, November 25 (Reception) • Monday, December 2

    14. Meeting Schedule • Spring Semester • Monday, January 13 • Monday, February 3 • Monday, March 3 • Monday, April 7 • Monday, April 22 (UG Research & Artistry Day) • Monday, April 28 (End-of-Year Partayyyy)

    15. Reception • To honor students and mentors in Research Rookies program • Students will be asked to give “elevator speech” about their research

    16. UG Research & Artistry Day • University-wide event for all students who participated in research and artistry to present their work • Judged event • In Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    17. Time Commitment • Research Rookies should expect to spend 5-10 hours per week conducting research • If this is a problem, contact OSEEL ASAP!

    18. Blog • All Research Rookies are required to blog about their experience • Blog prompts will be given at meetings • Upload pictures

    19. Stipend • Students will receive stipend, ONLY if: • Present at URAD • In good academic standing • Have less than 3 meeting absences during school year

    20. Communication • Communication is KEY! • Email is main form of communication • ugresearch@niu.edu

    21. Plagiarism • Presenting another’s work as your own, even if by accident, is a serious violation of university policy and the Student Code of Conduct • Plagiarism will not be tolerated in Research Rookies program and is grounds for dismissal from the program

    22. Finding a Faculty Mentor

    23. Finding a Faculty Mentor

    24. Finding a Faculty Mentor • If you have any questions or concerns with this process, communicate with OSEEL early and often • Students are expected to work with faculty (not instructors, staff, administrators, graduate assistants, teaching assistants, research assistants, etc.)

    25. Emailing Faculty: Do Dear Dr. Smith, My name is Rachel Tripodi and I am an incoming freshman at NIU. I have also been accepted to the Huskie Research Rookies Program. I have been reviewing your faculty profile on the Psychology Department’s website and am very interested in the work that you are currently doing on child development. Part of the Research Rookies Program is to find a faculty mentor who will help guide me through the research process and, based on the research you are currently conducting, I feel I would be a great match for your lab. I would like to set up a meeting with you to discuss this possibility in greater detail. I am available to meet on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00am-3:00pm. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Rachel Tripodi Cell Phone Email address

    26. Emailing Faculty: Don’t my name is Rachel and I want 2 meet w/ u to talk abtur research…i am part of research rookies when r u free? thx, Rachel

    27. Library Resources • NIU online catalog • Interlibrary loan • Article databases • Subject specialists

    28. Office of Research Compliance • ORC ensures that all research at NIU follows specific guidelines • Biosafety (recombinant DNA and/or pathogenic substances) • IACUC (live, vertebrate animals) • Human Subjects (human participants)

    29. Research Rookies • Most important thing: • Learn the research process • Will not disappoint us if your research has no results as long as you learn the process

    30. Meet Your Small Group • Small Group Leaders: • Gabriela Arriaga • Natalie Cincotta (Spring 2014) • Kiran Gill • Carolina Gusciara • Mason Hayward • MiguelangelMarchan • Kyle Mondron • Bailey Rhoads • Hannah Savage

    31. Meet Your Small Group • Small group leaders: • Share your story from last year • What worked? • What didn’t work? • Anything you are doing differently this year? • Everyone introduce themselves • Name • Major • One surprising (appropriate) fact about you • Exchange schedules to set up monthly activity

    32. Final Thoughts • Finish this sentence: Being a Research Rookie means…