Thank you for looking for the Mentee Registry to register your students! We are grateful for your effort.
However, we have put the responsibility for registering mentored work on your students. Please direct your student to the tab “Registering URCW Activity“. There are separate forms to complete depending on whether they are signing up to register an independent project you are mentoring them through, reporting on a conference presentation, competition, or publication.
Please remind and pester your students to register. When they sign up, you should receive an automatic and immediate copy of the notification.
Note, based on these databases, at the end of the academic year, you will receive a letter from the director of URCW cataloging the students you mentored through various projects. Keep the letter for your future tenure and/or promotion materials. Also keep notifications of grants, presentations, and publications for your records.
Thank you for your support of undergraduate research and creative works.
2014-2015 Faculty Development Workshops
First Thursday of the Month
OCTOBER 2, 2014: Research models at HPU across campus and best practices in student mentorship.
Colleagues from across campus will talk about how they engage students in research and creative work and they will offer tips from which we will develop and share a list of best practices. Please take an hour to support your colleagues, hear new ideas, and share your own models and tips. As faculty, we learn best from each other and this forum creates that opportunity. Afternoon tea will be served.
NOVEMBER 6, 2014: Getting Started - Basic Issues
We will talk about how to get started mentoring scholarly or creative work:
how to recruit students,
how to communicate expectations;
how to monitor student process/progress,
how to keep students accountable.
This workshop is perfect for the faculty member who would like to try supervising students in the Spring or plan to recruit students in Spring for projects in the Fall. The hardest part is often getting started! Let a research assistant help you get your research going! Lunch will be provided and will start at 11:45am. Handout: URCW Workshop on Getting started as a Mentor
FEBRUARY 5, 2105: Undergraduate Research and Creative Works in the Arts and Humanities
Hopefully, in November, a team of HPU faculty will attend the CUR Institute on Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities. The HPU team will talk about the plan developed to increase URCW opportunities for students and faculty in humanities and the arts.
MARCH 5, 2015: TBA
Although the URCW committee has not yet finished developing program policies and procedures, this document describes the proposed structure for the program and guidelines to facilitate the inclusion of undergraduate and creative works opportunities in the curriculum.Please note that these are tentative guidelines.The program structure is still in the development process and, consequently, final requirements for such courses may change. Nevertheless, the URCW committee feels reasonably confident that adherence to these guidelines will put departments and individual faculty members in a strong position to develop URCW experiences that will conform to the University’s final model.For Individual Students and Faculty Members:
- View our Sample Syllabus.
- Undergraduate research and creative works are conceptualized as highly individualized research or creative projects that are typically undertaken by students with an expressed interest in and aptitude for attaining more advanced, hands-on experience in a field of study than is typically offered as part of the required program of study.
- Students may work individually with a faculty member on a project initiated and designed by the student, as part of a collaborative research or creative team on a project initiated by the professor (more typical), or with a group of students working collaboratively on a common project in conjunction with a faculty member.
- The work must yield a tangible product (or products) and achieve pre-identified learning objectives. Generally, to participate in URCW experiences a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 both overall and within the major. A department can, however, elect to establish a higher GPA requirement.
- The course should be a graded course which carries 1-4 hours of credit. The amount of course credit awarded for any given experience should be established upon the initiation of the experience and will vary depending upon the nature and time requirements of the work to be undertaken. For example, 1 credit might be awarded for work requiring approximately 3-5 hours per week, 2 credit hours for 6-8 hours per week, 3 credit hours for 9-11 hours per week, and 4 credit hours for 12-15 hours per week.Repeating the course for credit should usually be permitted although departments may want to establish limits on the number of credits that count toward the major.Often a developmental model is followed where a student initially begins to get his or her “feet wet” by starting with more basic research or creative activities for 1 or 2 hours of credit and then later progresses to more advanced activities for 3 or 4 hours of credit.For example, a psychology major might elect to sign up for 1 or 2 credits to “learn the ropes” and spend his or her time becoming familiar with the relevant literature, doing library research, and working the professor and perhaps a more advanced student on a project already underway by running participants, entering and cleaning data, etc. Later that same student might earn 3 or 4 credits for designing and conducting his or her own original project and presenting it at a conference.
- The course should be offered at the senior level (i.e. 4000-level numbering) to maintain consistency with QEP descriptions.Ideally the course should be designed for juniors and seniors but sophomores and particularly advanced freshman should be allowed to take the course with department chair permission.
- Assessment of learning objectives must be established at the outset. Assessment strategies should be designed to address QEP, URCW, and departmental assessment needs. (Note: The URCW Committee is currently developing programmatic assessment strategies but each department will also need to consider how to assess discipline-specific outcomes).
- The HPU URCW program is designed to follow an apprenticeship model where the faculty member is an active, more experienced participant in the research and creative process. Unlike the faculty member’s role in an internship, faculty members do not simply supervise these experiences to assure that learning goals and objectives are met but instead actively train and guide the student(s) through the creative process.
- Although much of the student’s work will be pursued independently, a faculty member is expected to meet regularly with the student. The number of hours spent in direct contact with the student should be commensurate with the amount of course reassignment time or compensation provided to the faculty member, which in turn should be based on the number of student credit hours pursued.
- Consistent with the commitments made as part of High Point University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), each department is strongly encouraged to develop an Undergraduate Research and/or Creative Works course offering.While every student should theoretically have the opportunity to do URCW, such experiences should not be required of all students within a major.Although some departments do currently require students to undertake projects similar to URCW in their Senior Seminars, as currently conceptualized URCW is not designed to replace the senior seminars required of all majors. Individual departments will likely need to consider how UCRW experiences relate to their senior seminars.
- URCW courses are not intended to replace the Independent Study course option in the catalog. Other Independent Study options will continue to exist even after full implementation of the URCW program.
- Departments are encouraged to consider awarding credit for URCW toward their major requirements. For example, a department might count URCW as one of several major electives that includes other forms of experiential learning such as an internship, study abroad, or a practicum.
- Although such experiences are typically designed for majors, departments should consider permitting well-qualified non-majors to participate providing they demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skills.
- If the department elects to have a formal course offering, enrollment in the course should require the express permission (as indicated by signature) of both the instructor and the department chair.
- Should the department not elect to offer a URCW course as part of their regular course offerings, a student may apply to work on a URCW project with an individual faculty member. The application process is currently under development but will likely be similar to that currently in place for Independent Studies and will likely require the permission of the Director for Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, the contracting faculty member, and the department chair. In the interim, faculty members can use the existing Independent Study application process.
- Each department should consider how faculty participation in URCW figures in the tenure and promotion process.
High Point University is an Enhanced member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). This means all faculty, staff, and students at HPU are able to sign up for free individual membership. Individual membership is NOT automatic; you must sign up. The advantage of membership is online access to the CUR Quarterly, which discusses issues about student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship for all disciplines; contact with other members of your discipline who are passionate about student-faculty collaborative work; and resources such as list-servs, discussion forums, and funding opportunities. Take advantage of this opportunity to be a CUR member.
To become an individual member of CUR:
1. Go to www.cur.org
2. Click on the green “Membership” tab next to “About CUR”
3. Click on “Become a Member” and select “Individual Membership”
4. Fill out the identifying information. When you select High Point University as your school, a note will appear that says HPU is an Enhanced member and to confirm by pressing OK.
5. Continue to complete the form. You will not have to pay for your membership.
Benefits of membership (from the cur.org website):
Personal benefits of membership include:
- A subscription to the CUR Quarterly, featuring news and information about undergraduate research activities at other schools, descriptions of research funding available from federal and foundation sources, and feature articles on undergraduate research. Members are encouraged to submit articles to theQuarterly for consideration by the editors. Available to non-members at a cost of $42 for individuals, $87 for libraries.
- Major discounts to attend CUR Conference at a member school and our CUR Dialogues in Washington, DC, both of which include workshops and opportunities to network with peers and representatives of funding agencies. (The discounts alone are greater than a year’s membership fee in CUR.)
- Access to special information on funding opportunities, jobs, and other resources for undergraduate research on the members’ only portion of CUR’s web site and over CUR’s listserv.
- Eligibility to receive mentoring or pre-submission proposal reviews from colleagues in your discipline.
- The opportunity to develop and be recognized for leadership skills within the academic community by serving on CUR committees and on the General Council or participating in departmental consulting, speaking, and other leadership activities.
- The resources to help you support research in the undergraduate environment, including the development of national policy affecting undergraduate research.