Faculty Administrator Network (FAN) sessions are designed to share best practices for undergraduate research and scholarship and to provide opportunities for faculty and administrators to meet and share information. The sessions take place each day during the breaks between student presentations.
Previous FAN Sessions have included: Community Based Research, Assessment and Evaluation of Undergraduate Research Programs, The Research Rich Curriculum, Running an Office of Undergraduate Research, Research Experiences for Undergraduates: A Multi-Tiered Curriculum Based Approach, Integrating Service Learning and Research in Economics, Creating an Interdisciplinary Social Action Oriented Student-Faculty Research Group, Interdisciplinary Research in Biomedical Engineering, and Expanding Undergraduate Research Throughout the Curriculum: the Humanities and Creative Arts.
Go to: http://www.cvent.com/d/ncqj0b to submit a FAN Abstract.
Sample FAN Abstract
Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Enhance Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Name of authors(s), Department(s), Institution and Institutional Address:
John F. Cavitt Professor of Zoology and Director for WSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research, and Melvin Carr Director for WSUs Office of Sponsored Programs. Weber State University Ogden, Utah 84408
Providing undergraduate students with an applied research experience is important within many academic disciplines. Engaging undergraduates in important and relevant research questions can provide critical information for governmental agencies, industry and nongovernmental organizations. This community-based research approach not only allows students to quickly apply theory to practice but also provides a greater opportunity for funding the research projects. Over the past eight years the Avian Ecology Laboratory at Weber State University has developed important relationships with state and federal agencies, corporations and nongovernmental organizations to support undergraduate research opportunities. Discussion will focus on a successful model for sustainable, community-based research involving multiple partners. This research model has provided innovative opportunities for undergraduate research at all levels of ability. In addition, this session will discuss how faculty can develop and sustain partnerships as well as secure, and leverage funding from a variety of sources.