Developing international researchers forum final final
Developing International Researchers: The Role of Undergraduate Research in Education Abroad Jen Nielsen, The University of Queensland (UQ) A/Prof Ian Tibbetts, (UQ) Prof Tom Arnold (Dickinson College) A/Prof Ian Hewson (Cornell University) Dr Dana Burfeind (UQ)
Overview of undergraduate research in study abroadWell‐designed undergraduate research programs provide students opportunities to…• gain valuable team building and problem‐based learning skills• have their abilities closely appraised by faculty who are leaders in their research field (LORs)• develop links with faculty and industry • understand the challenges faced by scientists• test drive a research career
• This session offers o case studies for successful undergraduate research models abroad, o Discussion on how best to support/generate study abroad programs that include research Sorry, but they’re scientists!
Key Benefits of Undergraduate Study Abroad Research• Exposure to field research in exciting locations• Deeper understanding of the local context• Team building skills• Seminar preparation and feedback • Demystifying doing science for a living • Publication skills
Institutional benefits• Building a pipeline of future research students• Faculty/staff development and retention• Support for faculty members to carry out their research – both domestically and abroad
Case study: UQ Undergraduate Research Programs UQ Summer Research Program (Nov‐Feb) • Match students with research interests/labs on campus • Duration of 6‐10 weeks • Students are paid $300/week • Open to international students• UQ Winter Research Program (June‐July)• UQ Undergraduate Research Conferencehttp://www.uq.edu.au/undergraduate/undergraduate‐research‐programs
Funding Sources for UG Research• National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates – http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm• Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program (administered by IIE) – Sends biomedical engineers outside the US or Canada for academic or scientific research – http://www.whitaker.org/grants/fellows‐scholars• NASA Student Programs – Undergraduate Opportunities – http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/student‐programs/• National Institutes of Health – Office of Intramural Training & Education – Undergraduate Scholarship Program: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/ugsp – Summer internship in biomedical research: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip – Summer programs: https://www.training.nih.gov/summer_programs_outside_the_nih• USDA Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement and Experimental Program for Stimulating Competitive Research program – http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/afri/afri_fase_epscor_program.html/• Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships and Internships – http://www.si.edu/ofg/ofgintro.htm
Additional Funding Resources• Dartmouth ‐ External Funding Sources For Undergraduates and Graduates – http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ugar/undergrad/other_external.html• Amgen Scholars – http://amgenscholars.com/ • ThinkSwiss research scholarships – http://www.thinkswiss.org/academic‐opportunities/research‐scholarship• NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates – http://nanojapan.rice.edu/• Study Abroad Funding (administered by IIE) – http://www.studyabroadfunding.org
Study Abroad+Exchange (Ian)• MARS2005 Australia’s Marine Environments – Since 2000 (120 – 180 students each semester) – Lecture series at UQ – Field trips to Moreton Bay and the Reef – Led by research‐active faculty – With a combination of field discovery and small group research – Open admission (science, arts, business, engineering SA&EX students) – Lectures @ UQ
Partner Study Abroad @UQ• Stanford University BOSP (11 week)• Hobart William Smith (Geneva NY) + Union College (Schenectady NY) (10 week)• University of California EAP (12 week)• All under Australian Visitor’s Visa• All developed through contacts between research‐active faculty!All include problem‐based learning in a research context as ca. 50% of assessment
Global Scholars (12 mins) (Tom)• Overview of Global Scholars Program at Dickinson• Structure of program, outcomes, lessons learned, best practices• Origins of the UQ Global Scholars Program
A five month course combining a thematic student-facultyresearch project and global education, conducted with Dickinsonfaculty members and collaborating faculty from one of ourpartner institutions. The program trains students in the processof interdisciplinary research, team-building, and effective cross-cultural communication.Thomas Arnold, Associate Professor of BiologyIan Tibbetts, Associate Professor of BiologyBrian Brubaker, Interim Executive Director of Global EducationCarla Maranto-Arnold, Assistant Director of Global StudyNeil Weisman, Provost and Dean of the College
A Global STEM Pilot ProgramImpacts of climate change on marine ecosystems
Global ScholarsPilot ProgramDickinson CollegeFront Row (from left)‐ Professor Tom Arnold, Ioni Kokondis, Courtney Cara, Emily Seklecki, Esmeralda Alverez, Laura Schorfheide. Back Row (from left)‐ Josh Margolis, Antonia Johnson, Phoebe Oldach, Katie Daley, Nicole Davidson, Casey Reilly, Amanda Karampatsos, Chris Mealey, Kaitlin Jurewicz, Professor Ian Tibbetts, Christine Talbot, Anna Ramthun, Stephanie Bernasconi. Not Pictured: Annie Weichert
2014Global Scholars Program A community based research project to bring together students from our partner institution in Japan, Akita International University, with Dickinson students for a eight month project to study the delivery of health care in rural Japan and rural Pennsylvania. The highly selective program is currently accepting applications for five positions on the international research team.
Short Courses (Ian)• Escape the frozen north (January) – Cornell University (A/Prof Hewson) – Six students +1 Prof – Preparation Unit + Field Unit (Aus) + Completion Unit – Two Ian’s! Facilitates student to faculty communication!
Issues for Students• I need an international experience for my CV• But it’s going to cost a lot• So I’d better assess relative value (bang for buck)• Will I make friends?• Will my professors be good?
Issues for Faculty• I’ll miss my family• Oh, they’re coming! That’s going to cost a lot!• What about my partner’s career?• What about my own career!?• What will be the impact on my chances of tenure?
Joining the Dots• Need to provide key learning opportunities in an international context involving research‐ active faculty without harming their career while minimising the cost for students
Enhanced Short Courses– Maymester through Summer– Front end MOOC– 2‐3 week field– Back end support modules– Partner UQ faculty with international collaborator– Support guest faculty by covering airfare and in‐field costs– Students undertake discovery while collaborators establish research program– Students develop and execute research projects under the guidance of the collaborating faculty
Roundtable discussion (25‐30 mins)How can we help support undergraduate research before, during and after the program?
Discussion QuestionsBEFORE• How can we best engage with academics in developing undergraduate research study abroad programs?• What can we do to best prepare students for their research abroad experience in the pre‐departure engagement?• What funding sources are available to Max Wasley, Bachelor of Electrical and Computer support undergraduate research? Engineering and Science (Physics) at UQ
Discussion QuestionsDURING• How can education abroad professionals best support both students and faculty while they are out on their research abroad experience?• What types of communication, resources and support are necessary to ensure students have a positive and successful Rebekah Zeigman, Bachelor of Marine Biology and research experience abroad? Biochemistry, University of • How can we work with the host/partner New Haven, USA institution or organization to ensure students have a quality research experience?
Discussion QuestionsAFTER• How can we work to inform students of the value of undergraduate research, along with the value of study abroad?• What are some of the outcomes of undergraduate research programs, and how can we use these outcomes to promote study abroad on our campuses? Rory Reardon, • How can we continue to engage with Bachelor of Science at UQ students on their post‐experience return to help them get the most out of their research abroad experience?
Dunwich, North Stradbroke and Moreton Bay Satellite remote sensing – ground truthing
MARS2005 Estimating the impacts of bait collecting