Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery: Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines 2010 Conference
AACU's Network Conference, Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery: Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines, was held November 11-13, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.aacu.org/meetings/undergraduate_research
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Keynote Address--Defining Dimensions of Undergraduate Research Nancy Hensel, Executive Director, Council on 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.
Recorded Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Posted on Thu, 18 11 2010 05:10:05)
Plenary--Undergraduate Research across the Disciplines: Evidence of Impact 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 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.
Recorded Friday, November 12, 2010, 9:20-10:30 a.m. (Posted on Thu, 18 11 2010 05:14:41)
Luncheon Plenary--Can Undergraduates Build A Better World? Robert K. Musil, Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor, The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies--American University and former CEO--Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize
In this luncheon plenary, Bob Musil, author of Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future, draws on his experience as head of Physicians for Social Responsibility and as a nationwide campus consultant and lecturer to show how inspiring undergraduate research and community projects at colleges and universities are often in the forefront of tackling critical social and environmental problems and creating innovative solutions. He examines the ways in which students are asking and tackling the truly big questions while acting as involved and ethical advocates.
Recorded Friday, November 12, 2010, 1:00-2:15 p.m. (Posted on Thu, 18 11 2010 05:31:43)
Plenary--Getting Ready for 2042: Mentoring Students toward Discovery Carlos Gutierrez, Professor of Chemistry, School of Natural and Social Sciences, California State University, Los Angeles
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. Gutierrez 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? Recorded Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Posted on Thu, 18 11 2010 05:56:09)