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The Undergraduate Research Machine at Truman

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This is a short, 10 minute, presentation at a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) institute hosted by Truman. The presentation outlined the highlights of the Good Things we do to provide undergraduates with high quality learning experiences through research with faculty.

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The Undergraduate Research Machine at Truman

  1. 1. The Undergraduate Research Machine at Truman Jason Miller, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. of Mathematics STEP Office, Director 25 October, 2008 Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  2. 2. Context Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  3. 3. Context • Truman has a long history with UR Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  4. 4. Context • Truman has a long history with UR • Pres. Krueger, “first Truman research team in `70s” Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  5. 5. Context • Truman has a long history with UR • Pres. Krueger, “first Truman research team in `70s” • 20+ years ago, full-day Student Research Conference (now 300+ students participate), http://src.truman.edu Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  6. 6. Context • Truman has a long history with UR • Pres. Krueger, “first Truman research team in `70s” • 20+ years ago, full-day Student Research Conference (now 300+ students participate), http://src.truman.edu • now, 30+ internal grants ($2-3k) for undergraduate scholars, artists, and researchers Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  7. 7. Context • Truman has a long history with UR • Pres. Krueger, “first Truman research team in `70s” • 20+ years ago, full-day Student Research Conference (now 300+ students participate), http://src.truman.edu • now, 30+ internal grants ($2-3k) for undergraduate scholars, artists, and researchers • a ‘distributed’ organizational model; campus- wide coordinating committee but no ‘UR office’ Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  8. 8. Two Innovations Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  9. 9. Two Innovations • Use the pedagogy of UR as a vehicle for interdisciplinary training in mathematical biology (NSF UBM program) Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  10. 10. Two Innovations • Use the pedagogy of UR as a vehicle for interdisciplinary training in mathematical biology (NSF UBM program) Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  11. 11. Two Innovations • Use the pedagogy of UR as a vehicle for interdisciplinary training in mathematical biology (NSF UBM program) • Use high-quality, faculty mentored research experiences, delivered in a community setting, to expand the talent pool of STEM students Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  12. 12. Two Innovations • Use the pedagogy of UR as a vehicle for interdisciplinary training in mathematical biology (NSF UBM program) • Use high-quality, faculty mentored research experiences, delivered in a community setting, to expand the talent pool of STEM students Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  13. 13. Two Innovations • Use the pedagogy of UR as a vehicle for interdisciplinary training in mathematical biology (NSF UBM program) • Use high-quality, faculty mentored research experiences, delivered in a community setting, to expand the talent pool of STEM students (NSF UBM #0436348) Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  14. 14. Two Innovations • Use the pedagogy of UR as a vehicle for interdisciplinary training in mathematical biology (NSF UBM program) • Use high-quality, faculty mentored research experiences, delivered in a community setting, to expand the talent pool of STEM students (NSF UBM #0436348) (NSF STEP #0431664) Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  15. 15. Math+Biology+CS Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  16. 16. Math+Biology+CS • in 2003 and 2004, a group of faculty received NSF UBM awards Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  17. 17. Math+Biology+CS • in 2003 and 2004, a group of faculty received NSF UBM awards • train undergraduates in the ‘New Biology’ using the pedagogy of undergraduate research Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  18. 18. Math+Biology+CS • in 2003 and 2004, a group of faculty received NSF UBM awards & faculty • train undergraduates in the ‘New Biology’ using the pedagogy of undergraduate research Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  19. 19. Math+Biology+CS • in 2003 and 2004, a group of faculty received NSF UBM awards & faculty • train undergraduates in the ‘New Biology’ using the pedagogy of undergraduate research • use a community-of-learners model Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  20. 20. Math+Biology+CS • in 2003 and 2004, a group of faculty received NSF UBM awards & faculty • train undergraduates in the ‘New Biology’ using the pedagogy of undergraduate research • use a community-of-learners model • now, we have 22 MathBio faculty, four interdisciplinary courses, and an interdisciplinary minor in MathBio Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  21. 21. Learning Community Community Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  22. 22. Learning Community Community Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  23. 23. Learning Community Community Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  24. 24. Learning Community Community Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  25. 25. Learning Community Community Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  26. 26. Learning Community Community Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  27. 27. Learning Community Community Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  28. 28. Learning Community Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  29. 29. Learning Community Residence Hall Meals Small Group Meetings + Mentors Weekly Discussions/Workshops Social Events MathBio Seminar Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  30. 30. Learning Community Residence Hall Meals Small Group Meetings + Mentors Weekly Discussions/Workshops Social Events MathBio Seminar Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  31. 31. Talent Expansion Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  32. 32. Talent Expansion • in 2004, an NSF STEP grant allowed Truman to step-up its efforts to attract more students to STEM baccalaureate degree programs Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  33. 33. Talent Expansion • in 2004, an NSF STEP grant allowed Truman to step-up its efforts to attract more students to STEM baccalaureate degree programs • targets 1st or 2nd year on-the-fence students, and community college (transfer) students Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  34. 34. Talent Expansion • in 2004, an NSF STEP grant allowed Truman to step-up its efforts to attract more students to STEM baccalaureate degree programs • targets 1st or 2nd year on-the-fence students, and community college (transfer) students • delivers research using an all-STEM summer research community (10-15 pairs) Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  35. 35. Talent Expansion • in 2004, an NSF STEP grant allowed Truman to step-up its efforts to attract more students to STEM baccalaureate degree programs • targets 1st or 2nd year on-the-fence students, and community college (transfer) students • delivers research using an all-STEM summer research community (10-15 pairs) • coordinated program to foster academic, professional, and social growth of participants Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  36. 36. The Articulation Pipeline Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  37. 37. The Articulation Pipeline Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  38. 38. The Articulation Pipeline Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  39. 39. STEP Office Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  40. 40. STEP Office • STEM Talent Expansion Efforts supported by a full-time Administrative Coordinator Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  41. 41. STEP Office • STEM Talent Expansion Efforts supported by a full-time Administrative Coordinator • manages studentother administrativa workers, budgets, purchasing, and Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  42. 42. STEP Office • STEM Talent Expansion Efforts supported by a full-time Administrative Coordinator • manages studentother administrativa workers, budgets, purchasing, and • allows mentors to devote energy to mentoring, supporting students Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  43. 43. STEP Office • STEM Talent Expansion Efforts supported by a full-time Administrative Coordinator • manages studentother administrativa workers, budgets, purchasing, and • allows mentors to devote energy to mentoring, supporting students • the resource has been leveraged (economies of scale) to support other programs (e.g., MathBio) Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  44. 44. STEP Office • STEM Talent Expansion Efforts supported by a full-time Administrative Coordinator • manages studentother administrativa workers, budgets, purchasing, and • allows mentors to devote energy to mentoring, supporting students • the resource has been leveraged (economies of scale) to support other programs (e.g., MathBio) In Effect: is an OUR for STEM programs Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  45. 45. Summary Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  46. 46. Summary • Truman employs a distributed model for UR Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  47. 47. Summary • Truman employs a distributed model for UR • in STEM, a centralized office for a targeted program has energized the STEM community Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  48. 48. Summary • Truman employs a distributed model for UR • in STEM, a centralized office for a targeted program has energized the STEM community • multidisciplinary programs have Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  49. 49. Summary • Truman employs a distributed model for UR • in STEM, a centralized office for a targeted program has energized the STEM community • multidisciplinary programs have • broken down disciplinary boundaries, fostered interaction Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  50. 50. Summary • Truman employs a distributed model for UR • in STEM, a centralized office for a targeted program has energized the STEM community • multidisciplinary programs have • broken down disciplinary boundaries, fostered interaction • energize the scholarship of many many faculty members Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  51. 51. Summary • Truman employs a distributed model for UR • in STEM, a centralized office for a targeted program has energized the STEM community • multidisciplinary programs have • broken down disciplinary boundaries, fostered interaction • energize the scholarship of many many faculty members • created a needed STEM expansion mechanism Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  52. 52. More Information • Student Research Conference http://src.truman.edu/ • STEM Talent Expansion program http://step.truman.edu/ • Mathematical Biology program http://mathbio.truman.edu/ Jason Miller millerj@truman.edu 660.785.7430 Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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