Please encourage your students to apply for LU-PRISM (Perspectives on Research In Science & Mathematics) 2019, Longwood’s summer STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health) research program. Student applications are due on Monday, November 5th by 5:00pm. Please send the application materials to Amorette Barber, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Undergraduate Research Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate information literacy in identifying, evaluating, and considering evidence to support their research
- Use critical thinking to articulate a timely and important research question
- Identify and utilize appropriate methodologies to address the research question
- Meet the relevant field’s standards for the responsible conduct of research, and effectively navigate challenges that arise in the research process
- Work collaboratively with other researchers, demonstrating effective communication and problem-solving skills
- Reflect constructively on their research experience, identifying what was learned, personal strengths and opportunities for growth, and how the experience informs their future educational and career goals
Faculty and Student Expectations
- Students chosen to participate in the program MUST enroll in a one-credit research course in the coming spring (spring 2019) with their PRISM research mentor serving as the instructor. Students will also attend monthly workshops in the spring semester to discuss the expectations of the PRISM program, research ethics, complete necessary paperwork, etc. The rest of the time is for the student/research mentor to use for literature work, learning techniques, planning their summer project, etc. The students should be able to “hit the ground running” at the start of the program because most of the background work will be done.
- Students will give a short PowerPoint presentation outlining their project and goals for the summer during the Spring Symposium for Research and Creative Inquiry on April 23, 2019.
- During the summer, in addition to conducting research with their research mentors, students will attend weekly professional development sessions covering topics such as applying to graduate school, research ethics, and the peer review and publishing process.
- Students will present their research at an end of the summer PRISM poster session.
- Students will summarize their research in a final manuscript written in a style consistent with their discipline.
- Students must complete appropriate assessments for the course, including the OSR Pre-Post Survey for Mentored Courses and the EvaluateUR assessment. The surveys will be completed before the student research begins, in the middle of the research, and at the end of the research experience. This gives faculty mentors and students multiple opportunities to review and assess student work and provides time for students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. After completing each assessment, faculty mentors will review and discuss the assessment with the student.