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Undergraduate Research - Pilot Beginning Fall 2015

The Undergraduate Research at Eastfield College program is designed to give undergraduates an authentic research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students will develop relevant academic and professional skills which will assist them in their transition to a four-year institution.

The goals of this initiative are to:

  • Expand opportunities for students to be introduced to the concept of scholarship and to learn the research or scholarly methods in a discipline.
  • Support faculty who would like to carry out independent research in their field and who would be willing to mentor a student research assistant (RA).

To successfully begin our undergraduate research program here at EFC, we plan to start small and involve only two faculty mentors and student researchers during the in the fall semester and two additional ones in the spring semester. Based on what we learn we will expand the program during subsequent years.

Expectations of the Faculty:

  • Choose the topic of research with the ultimate aim of publication.
  • Write a job description that describes the project and requirements for the position.

o   All positions must give students direct experience with research or scholarship at a level that is consistent with the student’s skills and interests.

  • Interview and make final choice of the research assistant.
  • Treat research assistant as a full member of the research team; not for secretarial or administrative support duties.
  • Schedule the RA to work with you 8-12 hours per week.
  • Evaluate students once a semester
  • Participate at the end-of-year student capstone presentation

Students interested in becoming research assistants must be declared STEM majors and taking majors-level classes. Students will apply for research positions and be interviewed.

We are currently pursuing funding for this project and it is hoped that funds will become available to pay research assistants and to purchase supplies.

If you are interested in becoming part of this program, please contact Murry Gans for more details and an application.

Murry Gans
mgans@dcccd.edu

972-860-7267
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