Undergraduate research opportunities in the College of Education
provide students with an opportunity to gain experience in a particular
education discipline, see applications of theory to practice, and
develop knowledge and skills related to educational research. Formal
undergraduate research programs include the DeVito Scholars program,
Honors College projects, and the Undergraduate Research
Trainee (URT) program. In addition, some faculty members may be able to
provide funding or offer credit for undergraduate research involvement
in their projects.
of Education (COE) scholarship recipients may be invited to participate
in the Alfred DeVito Scholars Program, a first year seminar class that
includes an opportunity to do research with a COE professor during the
second semester of the freshman year.
honors student in the College of Education must complete research or
other scholarly activity that leads to a culminating thesis or
comparable scholarly project. Specific requirements for honors scholarly
projects are in development. The scholarly project will provide
students with the opportunity to demonstrate deep engagement with the
student’s chosen field and will be presented in a public forum (e.g.
publication, presentation, display, or performance).
Undergraduate Research Training Program (URT) in the College of
Education provides research experiences for qualified undergraduate
students at the sophomore, junior or senior level in any academic
discipline who are interested in research on teaching and learning.
Selection for the program is based in academic credentials and interest
in the program. Generally, a cumulative index of 3.00 is expected for
admission to the program. The program consists of two components: (1)
Research Experience, and (2) a Course on Research Methods in Education.
trainee works with a professor in education for a period of two
semesters, approximately 6 hours per week, in much the same manner as a
graduate assistant. In assigning trainees to professors, consideration
is given to the student's background and interests as well as to the
professor's needs. Professors are encouraged to involve their trainees
in as many of the tasks related to doing research as possible. These
tasks may include defining a research problem, creating research
materials, collecting data, analyzing data, and writing research
reports. Trainees receive a stipend of $1000 for the academic year. Due
to the extensive time demands that are typical for those students who
are student teaching, it is recommended that students who plan to
student teach should not participate in the URT program during the
academic year in which they student teach.
Each trainee also
participates in a weekly course for which he or she receives three
credits per semester (EDPS 53300 in the fall and EDPS 53400 in the
spring semester). Due to the variety of disciplines represented by
students in the program the course takes a broad, interdisciplinary
approach in considering the various ways of investigating human
for applications for the following academic year is issued in the
spring. Applications are usually due around the first of April. Students can
apply by completing an online application. The call for faculty members to propose projects to utilize an URT are issued at the beginning of the fall semester. Faculty members interested oin working with an URT should submit a short application.
For more information, contact:
Professor Youli MantzicopoulosDepartment of Educational StudiesPhone: 494-7247E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org