Undergraduate Research at KSU

Undergraduate Research at KSU
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Undergraduate research at KSU is connected to coursework that actively engages students in systematic investigation and inquiry, aiming to connect key concepts with early involvement in research. KSU specifies undergraduate research as a mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by students, contributing to scholarly or artistic knowledge. The goal is for students to co-create knowledge in an academic discipline, with the potential for their scholarship to make valuable contributions disseminated to the academic community.

Engaged learning in undergraduate research is characterized by several key features. Students work under the supervision of faculty with the necessary expertise who ensure effective mentorship. Research projects adhere to ethical guidelines which include obtaining approval by the KSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) for projects involving animal or human subjects. Students' research experience is scaffolded, building on foundational information learned in previous courses or research experiences. Projects include measurable learning outcomes geared toward undergraduate research and reflection on the research experience.

Frequent feedback opportunities are provided, both from peers and instructors, throughout different phases of the research. For group projects, best practices for collaboration are implemented. Research projects aim to make original contributions to their respective disciplines, culminating in tangible products such as papers, posters, or oral presentations. There is a plan for public dissemination through peer-reviewed publications or presentations at professional conferences or on-campus symposia.

Overall, KSU emphasizes a comprehensive and structured approach to undergraduate research, fostering a meaningful and impactful learning experience for students.

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