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Research & Scholarly Activities

Research and Scholarly Activities involve student-centered learning, mentored by faculty, staff, and/or professionals, where students collect and analyze evidence, break complex topics or issues into parts to gain understanding, and make informed conclusions or judgements resulting in the creation of knowledge, peer-reviewed presentations, publications, etc.

To qualify as an Applied Learning Experience in Undergraduate Research:

  • Each student must spend at least 35 hours on the experience.
  • Projects may be sought independently (for example, as a paid research technician) or as part of a course (to include Independent Study or Problems-type courses).
  • Students must have a faculty mentor whose responsibility is to actively guide student researchers in the methods of their disciplines
  • Projects must be original, or have an original component, so they have the potential to contribute new information to the discipline
  • The ultimate project goal (fulfilled or not) must be that the results will be shared with others in the form of a publication or presentation
  • Project proposals must include:
    • The question to be addressed
    • The role of the faculty mentor
    • An outline of methodology to be followed
    • Expected results and their significance to the discipline
    • A plan for how the results will be published or presented

Student Learning Outcomes

The SLOs expected from all Applied Learning Experiences are as follows:

  • Student will evaluate how the applied learning experience expanded their views in order to contribute to a diverse, global society. (Global/Diversity Awareness)
  • Students will assess the overall experience and ascertain the larger implications of the experience as they apply to the discipline and beyond. (Broader Impact)


Research and Scholarly Activities ALEs may additionally address any or all of the following SLOs:

  • Identify and summarize background information related to their research question or problem
  • Develop a research plan to address their question or problem
  • Collect and interpret data in an attempt to address their question or problem.
  • Articulate findings in written or oral form
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of ethical behavior in conducting research