1st Edition

Designing and Implementing a Successful Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Program

    160 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    160 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Designing and Implementing a Successful Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Program is designed as a resource for faculty, administrators and university leaders interested in developing new, or expanding existing, undergraduate research programs. The book provides a practical handbook addressing the many ‘how to’ questions associated with running a successful undergraduate research enterprise – ranging from how to organize an undergraduate research office, to how to find funding, foster cross-campus relationships, and develop learning outcomes for students in order to maximize the benefits of the research experience. It also addresses best practices in mentoring, how faculty mentorship fits within the discussion of tenure and promotion, and the basics of assessment, both for funder reporting and program improvement.

    Containing a series of vignettes offering specific advice from program directors, faculty mentors, and university administrators from a diverse array of universities and colleges, this book showcases their hands-on tips, advice and lessons learned. Addressing key issues through real-world experience, the authors show how to build effective cross-disciplinary undergraduate research programs with positive impacts for students and faculty.

    Notes on Contributors




    Series Foreword

            Jenny Olin Shanahan, Bridgewater State University

            Gregory Young, Montana State University


    Foreword to the volume

    Ken O’Donnell, Vice Provost, California State University Dominguez Hills

            Editor-in-Chief, Experiential Learning and Teaching in Higher Education


    Chapter 1: The importance of undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity


    Chapter 2: So you want to start an undergraduate research office?


    Chapter 3: Staffing and office structure


    Chapter 4: Ready, set, go! Goals for the first year


    Chapter 5: Finding funding to support students, mentors and your programmatic needs

    Chapter 6: Beyond the lab/studio/archive: professional development support for student researchers from across the disciplines


    Chapter 7: Facilitating the mentor/mentee relationship

    Chapter 8: Top down, bottom up: Tenure, promotion, and other faculty and mentor support strategies


    Chapter 9: Navigating institutional bureaucracy: risk management, research supplies, travel, and other administrative concerns


    Chapter 10: Getting the word out to students  


    Chapter 11: Assessment and educational research 


    Chapter 12: Scaling up access and reducing barriers to undergraduate research: course-based undergraduate research experiences and faculty mentor development   


    Chapter 13: Intersecting impact: aligning meaning-making for undergraduate researchers


    Chapter 14: Resources to Engage in the Community of URSCA Scholars and Practitioners 


    Bibliography and Additional Readings




    Dr. Holly E. Unruh is the Executive Director of the Arts Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She previously served as the Associate Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center at California State University, Monterey Bay.  

    Dr. John E. Banks is the Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center at California State University, Monterey Bay.  

    Dr. Heather Haeger is the Research Director of the STEM Learning Center at the University of Arizona, and Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Practice. She served as the inaugural Assessment and Research Coordinator for the Council on Undergraduate Research from 2016-2020. 

    Dr. Carla Cecilia Fresquez is the Academic Program Coordinator of First-Year Seminars at the University of California, Davis