Event Title

A Different Approach to Conference Preparations: Helping Undergraduates Enhance Graduate Program Applications and Professional Networks

Presentation Type

Interactive Presentation

Location

BHC 126

Start Date

20-10-2012 10:10 AM

End Date

20-10-2012 10:55 AM

Description/Abstract

Attending professional conferences is an intimidating experience for many undergraduates. When preparing students for conferences, most of us concentrate on helping students learn to communicate their research findings. Students can, however, benefit greatly from specific preparation in methods that foster networking and exploration of potential graduate and professional programs. Undergraduates can be trained to use conference programs, conference meals, and free time to help establish relationships that inform them about various Critical Information Literacy Skills for Undergraduate Researchers Donna Wrublewski (University of Florida) For undergraduates beginning research, one of the first tasks they engage in is background information gathering. For students new to college library resources, the resource choices and sheer amount of information can be overwhelming. This poster will describe a structured approach to introduce undergraduates to the basics of information literacy and library research, with the goal of identifying learned skills that should be incorporated into any assessment of student development in an undergraduate research program. Saturday, October 20th, Abstracts www.researchsymposium.ucf.edu | 9 graduate programs and faculty. This preparation promotes confidence, enables students to function as seasoned conference veterans, and prepares them for the next phase of their academic career.

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A Different Approach to Conference Preparations: Helping Undergraduates Enhance Graduate Program Applications and Professional Networks

BHC 126

Attending professional conferences is an intimidating experience for many undergraduates. When preparing students for conferences, most of us concentrate on helping students learn to communicate their research findings. Students can, however, benefit greatly from specific preparation in methods that foster networking and exploration of potential graduate and professional programs. Undergraduates can be trained to use conference programs, conference meals, and free time to help establish relationships that inform them about various Critical Information Literacy Skills for Undergraduate Researchers Donna Wrublewski (University of Florida) For undergraduates beginning research, one of the first tasks they engage in is background information gathering. For students new to college library resources, the resource choices and sheer amount of information can be overwhelming. This poster will describe a structured approach to introduce undergraduates to the basics of information literacy and library research, with the goal of identifying learned skills that should be incorporated into any assessment of student development in an undergraduate research program. Saturday, October 20th, Abstracts www.researchsymposium.ucf.edu | 9 graduate programs and faculty. This preparation promotes confidence, enables students to function as seasoned conference veterans, and prepares them for the next phase of their academic career.