Event Title

Piloting the Use of Research Coaches across Disciplines at UCF to Increase Curricular Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences

Presentation Type

Poster Session

Location

Burnett Honors College

Start Date

2-10-2015 5:15 PM

End Date

2-10-2015 7:00 PM

Description/Abstract

Research-based courses providing undergraduates with hands-on research experience needed for post-graduation success remain limited at large universities. While studies suggest student research coaches facilitate richer course-based research opportunities to larger student bodies, an analysis of its effectiveness across disciplines is lacking. We implemented this model across four courses with discipline-specific research foci. Preliminary analyses indicate although students’ pre-semester research experiences differed, students across courses/experience-levels perceived this to offer “real” research exercises and increased confidence levels. We examine instructors’ versus coaches’ impact on increasing undergraduates’ research confidence levels, as findings suggest confidence as critical to persistence in field-related research tracks.

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Piloting the Use of Research Coaches across Disciplines at UCF to Increase Curricular Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences

Burnett Honors College

Research-based courses providing undergraduates with hands-on research experience needed for post-graduation success remain limited at large universities. While studies suggest student research coaches facilitate richer course-based research opportunities to larger student bodies, an analysis of its effectiveness across disciplines is lacking. We implemented this model across four courses with discipline-specific research foci. Preliminary analyses indicate although students’ pre-semester research experiences differed, students across courses/experience-levels perceived this to offer “real” research exercises and increased confidence levels. We examine instructors’ versus coaches’ impact on increasing undergraduates’ research confidence levels, as findings suggest confidence as critical to persistence in field-related research tracks.