Undergraduate Research Day Apr 12

UGR flyer 2011April 12, 2011 is UWW’s 16th annual Undergraduate Research Day! Visit the UC today to sample the wide array of projects students have been working on with their faculty mentors, and you’ll likely be amazed. Abstracts are available online. You also can peruse a sampling of previous years’ (since 2007) undergraduate research projects as part of the UW System institutional repository MINDS@UW.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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1 Response to Undergraduate Research Day Apr 12

  1. Infovoyeur says:

    Impressive number, and level, of UG researchers and their challenges. No doubt useful to their upcoming careers. No doubt teaching some aspects of thinking. Too bad then that “Dexter” (a member of my Committee) mis-perceived UG Research as “100% Vocational Education, period.” (Dex lacks thinking skills…)

    “Fern” (another member) was more valid. She said “But how about, for every Senior student, a SYSS, or Senior-Year Synthesizing Seminar? In which collaboratively, students from varied disciplines, hone not their major-field skills–but their liberal- or general-education skills? The ability to confront complexities with competent conceptualization. Translation: apply higher-order principles and procedures to challenging but crucial real-world issues, drawing from all disciplines, and all levels from domain-specific procedures to more general-generic concepts. A marvelous Bookend or Closure to the Core Courses, eh!”

    Then “Stanton” spoke up. “I’ll buy Fern’s weird notion. A scandal that integration and transfer of true gen.-ed. learning is not practiced as a true capstone before graduation.” And I, Chester the Infovoyeur, was persuaded! Take a complex issue requiring multiple approaches, and Go For It. Communally and then each student an individual question as the Final Exam. From “how to design a good city park,” very interdisciplinary, on up to more challenging and crucial subjects.

    At this point “Dexter” always the spoilsport chimed back in: “Okay, great, only two stakeholders or participants will object, first the Faculty “heck no I want to keep on doing my specialized Research which is where I get merit pay,” and the Students “heck no why should I sit around for 3-hour course senior year philosophizing instead of preparing for my career in more-difficult times!

    Then “Fritz” the “optimistic realist” in the group summed it up: “Well, just so we know the reality. This Seminar should be done, even if it isn’t”… –30– Then I existed with the others and took my daily bike ride, with Chester smiling from the flagpole, and pondering as I pedalled… OMG, WTF, LOL, EOM!

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