COURSE OBJECTIVE: COMPLETE AND PUBLISH RESEARCH
After much effort and several drafts, the students submitted the article for publication in a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal called The Compass: Earth Science Journal of Sigma Gamma Epsilon. This project integrated several high-impact educational practices designated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, including writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects, and undergraduate research. The project also addressed several of SUU’s Essential Learning Outcomes, including communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and inquiry and analysis, which were assessed formally and informally throughout the semester. Projects such as this enable students to connect classroom concepts to hands-on experiences and real-world problems while balancing content coverage with practical and intellectual skills. In addition to the inherent educational benefits, participants were able to include a peer-reviewed publication on their graduate school and employment applications. This presentation will provide a summary of the students’ project and will describe the educational and professional benefits of integrating undergraduate research with course content.