The CPHHS Undergraduate Research Shadowing and Reflection Program increases student awareness and knowledge through reflection and expands leadership and communication skills related to the research process.

The program provides undergraduate students an experiential learning opportunity during Winter and Spring terms to:

  • Participate in weekly skill building sessions with their student cohort
  • Attend research-related seminars/events
  • Reflect on their activities and experiences
  • Explore a faculty-mentored research setting and shadow a researcher (this component is  limited to Spring 2018)
  • Create and present a poster based on reflections of their research experience

This new program has limited capacity.  Students must be available to attend weekly skill building sessions on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m., from January 16 through June 5.

 

Contact information

Gretchen Dursch, MA
 

Student Eligibility

The program is open to all undergraduate students who are: majoring in a degree program in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, registered for Winter and Spring terms 2018, and in good standing (not on academic warning or academic probation). We encourage students to apply who have never taken part in faculty-mentored research or an independent research project.

Students will commit to 2-3 hours/week Winter and Spring terms divided among these activities: participating in skill building sessions with assignments that provide reflection on what they are learning; attending research-related seminars and events; and visiting a faculty-mentored research setting and shadowing a researcher (this component is limited to Spring 2018). At the end of the program, each student will create and deliver a poster presentation based on reflections of their research experience.

 

Program Cost

There is no cost to the student to participate.

 

Time Commitment

2-3 hours/week, Winter through Spring Terms 2018

 

Program Components

Participate in weekly cohort sessions

  • Students must be available weekly on Tuesdays, from 4-5 p.m..
  • Students will participate in workshops, discussions, view film screenings, etc.

 

Attend research-related events

  • In addition to creating and presenting a poster, students in the program who complete 80 percent of each category of activities (listed below) will receive a certificate of completion. 
  • Participation within the faculty research setting to the extent the Faculty mentor will sign off at the end of Spring term that the student put forth effort/adequately engaged in the experience.
  • Participation in weekly Tuesday sessions.
  • Attendance at research-related events.
  • Submission of reflection/journal assignments.

 

Creating and delivering a poster presentation 

  • Each student will create and deliver a poster presentation based on reflections of their unique research experience. Details and help sessions will be provided.The poster session will be held on a Tuesday (4-5 p.m.) in May 2018.

 

Visit a faculty research setting and shadow research staff

(This component of the program is limited to Spring 2018)

  • One hour weekly, at a day, time and location designated by the Faculty mentor.
  • In the research setting the student will, for example:
  • Attend regular research team meetings;
  • Shadow a researcher (faculty, postdoc, graduate student, research assistant);
  • Learn about the care, feeding, handling of animals used in experiments;
  • Learn about some of the following activities, among others: preparing survey and/or interview forms, preparing reports, monitoring expenditures, running experiments, preparing manuscripts or presentations, managing data, solving problems, etc.

 

Certificate of completion

  • Students in the program who complete 75 percent of each category of activities will receive a certificate of completion.
    • Participation within the faculty research setting to the extent the Faculty mentor will sign off at the end of Winter term and Spring term that the student ‘put forth effort/adequately engaged in the experience.’
    • Participation in weekly Tuesday sessions.
    • Attendance at research-related events.
    • Submission of ‘reflection/journal’ assignments.
    • Create and present a poster.

 

Program Timeline

Timeline
Nov 29 Student Application Form is available (see forms below)
Dec 15 Student application deadline (no essay, transcript, or resume required)
Jan 8 Selected students will be notified via email
Jan 16

Program begins
Student sessions meet Tuesday, Jan 16, 4-5 p.m., and weekly thereafter through June 5th, excluding Spring Break

Spring Term Students participate for 1-hour weekly - Faculty Research Shadowing Opportunity, with faculty mentor at specified location, day and time
May (TBD) Student poster session, Tuesday 4-5 p.m. (TBD)

 

Forms