本科生研究与创造性探究

在圣. mgm集团,mgm集团线路广泛地定义“研究”. 涉及的项目 investigation, inquiry, creativity, discovery, originality, analysis, and interpretation are all part of what we consider scholarly work: research 创造性的探索.

研究 in the natural and physical sciences might mean designing experiments to test theories or hypotheses, 开发新产品, 或者探索未知. 研究 in healthcare might mean testing a new method of care or intervention. A team of economists who analyze data to help a school district make decisions, a student-教师 collaborative who edit a volume of essays on Harry Potter, an interdisciplinary group of artists who create videos to highlight the benefits of a liberal arts education — all are examples of research 创造性的探索 at St. 凯特的.

St. 凯特的 student presents her 夏天的学者 research to a group of peers
学生作为学者

St. 凯特的 is committed to providing opportunities for all students to engage in research, 奖学金, 创造性的探索. 这可能发生在教室或实验室里, 通过参与社区参与学习, or in collaboration with a 教师 member and small team of students.

学生 who develop as scholars are primed to lead in their field, 致力于系统性变革, 改变世界.

  • 学生 who participate in research or 有创意的 inquiry not only increase their disciplinary knowledge, but learn the methods and practices used in these fields, 提高他们解决问题的能力, 积极应对新挑战, 适应, 在困难的时候坚持.
  • 通过深度参与, they develop the ability to analyze and synthesize information, 用创造力和毅力应对挑战, 要善于处理模棱两可的问题, 要有道德和负责任的行为.
  • 团队合作, students balance independent work with collaboration, practice discourse around challenging ideas and resolve conflicts respectfully.
  • When presenting their work at conferences or exhibitions they hone communication skills, 与其他学者建立联系, 了解职业机会.

These skills are valued and sought by graduate and professional programs, 雇主, 以及社区组织.

Professor Katie Campbell works with two students on a collaborative research project.
教师作为导师和学者

Collaborative research 创造性的探索 not only benefit students, 但对教师来说也很有意义. The shared experience of an interdisciplinary community of scholars helps 教师 support one another in their scholarly endeavors and become connected with resources for maintaining active 奖学金.

These connections benefit junior 教师 in their development as mentors and scholars and have helped senior 教师 revitalize and engage in 奖学金.

 

National research also documents the benefits of working collaboratively with students:

  • “教师 members who mentored undergraduate researchers improved their teaching, 欣赏学生对研究问题的洞察力, and reported higher job satisfaction” (Osborn and Karukstis, 2009)
  • 提高学术生产力, 专业的复兴, 并在自己的研究领域保持与时俱进”(多兰和约翰逊,2010年)

研究和创造性探究亮点

A key outcome of undergraduate research projects is sharing research and/or projects with a larger scholarly community.

圣. 凯特的 have a higher-than-average acceptance rate for the National Conference on 本科 研究 (NCUR), and more than 90% of teams have presented at an undergraduate or discipline-specific regional, 国内或国际会议.