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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter examines the educational impact of engaging undergraduate students in original research and how to do so successfully. The prevalence of undergraduates conducting research under faculty supervision has grown markedly in recent years. A review of the literature, however, shows that engaging students successfully in research requires a major commitment on the part of the institution, department, faculty, and student. Furthermore, if not done correctly, the research experience can have a negative educational impact for the student. This chapter examines the resources needed at all levels to make the experience successful. Finally, the chapter explores the challenges and pitfalls that face faculty and students as they collaborate in the research process, from developing a research idea to making a research presentation.

Keywords: undergraduate research, student–faculty research, research supervision, honors thesis, senior capstone

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