Paper No. 7
Presentation Time: 9:40 AM
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AS EFFECTIVE PEDAGOGY SUPPORTED BY THE GEOSCIENCES DIVISION OF THE COUNCIL ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (GEOCUR)
Undergraduate research is a proven effective pedagogy that has a number of benefits including: enhancing student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty; increasing retention; increasing enrollment in graduate programs; developing critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence; and, developing an understanding of research methodology. In addition to developing disciplinary and technical expertise, participation in undergraduate research helps students improve communication skills (written, oral, and graphical) and time management. Early involvement in undergraduate research improves retention and, for those engaged at the 2YC level, helps students successfully transfer to 4YC. The Geosciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (GeoCUR, http://curgeoscience.wordpress.com/) supports faculty in their development of undergraduate research programs at all levels. GeoCUR leads workshops for new, current and future faculty covering all aspects of undergraduate research including incorporating research into coursework, project design, mentoring students, sustaining programs, and funding sources. GeoCUR members support new faculty by providing a range of services including: peer-review of grant proposals; advice on establishing an undergraduate research program; balancing teaching and research demands; and networking with other geoscientists. GeoCUR has developed web resources that support faculty and departments in development of undergraduate research programs (http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/undergraduate_research/index.html). This presentation will describe the services provided by GeoCUR and highlight examples of programs and resources available to geoscientists in all career stages for effective undergraduate research mentoring and development.