APS Annual Convention

Do you have a climate on your campus that encourages undergraduate research?   If the answer is no – then you must make plans to attend the Psi Beta session at the APS Annual Convention, May 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois – Creating an Environment for Undergraduate Research on the Community College Campus

Creating an environment that is conducive for undergraduate research is a challenge, but when you consider doing this on a community college campus, you face further obstacles.  Research has demonstrated that collaboration with faculty in research activities aids in thinking and learning, but interestingly it points to first-generation college students as being most likely to benefit (Ishlyama, 2002).  This suggests that creating a culture for research on community college campuses is critical.  In this session you will hear about successful undergraduate research programs on campus, learn about the involvement of one college with the National Research Project undertaken through Psi Beta, and a community college that puts students in the community conducting research – for the San Diego Zoo!  If you want to increase student research on a community college campus, then this is a session that you won’t want to miss.

We are offering you a jam packed session with experts on many different facets of designing, implementing and coordinating a successful undergraduate research program on campus.  Featured will be Jennifer Brooks of Collin College; Kenneth Gray, College of DuPage; Heather LaCost and Kevin Richardson of Waubonsee Community College; and Jaye Van Kirk from San Diego Mesa College.  This is really an all-star lineup of representatives from successful programs across the country.

The session will be offered on Friday, May 25 from 10:00 to 11:50 a.m. in Sheraton Ballroom I.  Hope to see you there!

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