Faculty can use undergraduate research activities as a High Impact Practice for the new Faculty Incentive Plan (FIP) provided that it is documented with an Action Research Plan. The activities can also provide the opportunity for renewal and staying current in your discipline or academic field. ***
Faculty Development Courses in UR
- LCTS6317: Introduction to Creating Undergraduate Research Experiences
- LCTS6417: Creating an Embedded Undergraduate Research Experience
*** part-time and 4-month faculty can earn PD credit that goes towards the Associate Faculty Certification, and eligible full-time faculty can use these towards the Faculty Incentive Plan both through the PD Plan as activities and the High Impact Practices Plan to prepare infusion of UR as a high-impact practice.
The Embedded Model
What is the embedded model of undergraduate research?
The embedded model uses an existing class and replaces one or more learning activities with associated assessments with an undergraduate research project to meet course learning outcomes. Some suggestions are: replace an existing lab experiment with an inquiry-based lab, add an individual research project, or add a class project.
Benefits of this model include: addition of true active learning to your class; existing course structures with reserved class/lab space; faculty compensation since you are paid for the course time; some courses include lab fees that can help to fund activities (ask your lab coordinator); recruitment is built in since students would need this class anyway; and, captures students who may not have considered undergraduate research.
How shall I get started?
Consider which of your current courses would best fit the model described above. Next, fill out the two application forms below and submit them directly to the Undergraduate Research Coordinator.
* Note that the Undergraduate Research Advisory Board requires faculty take the 20PD-hour LCTS6417 Creating an Embedded Undergraduate Research Experience prior to submitting an application.
Example Embedded Model Projects:
The Mentor Model
What is the mentoring model of undergraduate research?
The mentoring model allows exceptional individual Valencia students to get involved. It can follow an embedded or research course experience, so that student may continue the work. It can be a student who just shows interest in research.
Benefits of this model include: one-on-one mentoring; time to focus on workplace skills; and, ability to significantly progress on a project.
How shall I get started?
First, talk to your dean. Download the Mentorship Agreement form and Goals and Activities form below and consider the framework that you will create - learning outcomes, aligned activities, and assessment. Think about what resources you will need to create the experience - funding, library, lab support, safety/ethics, etc. Bring your ideas on these to your dean.
Depending upon the extent of your experience in research and in mentoring undergraduate students in research, your dean may require you to take some of Valencia's professional development courses on undergraduate research:
- 3PD-hour LCTS6317 Introduction to Creating Undergraduate Research Experiences.
- 20PD-hour LCTS6417 Creating an Embedded Undergraduate Research Experience
- IR and You: How IR Can Help Faculty Research
- LFMP6340: Mentoring in Undergraduate Research
Here are some guidelines that your dean may use to determine your experience in mentoring undergraduate researchers: Qualifications for Undergraduate Research Mentor Assessment
Once your dean has approved your proposed undergraduate research experience, fill out the two forms below and submit to the Undergraduate Research Advisory Board. Feel free to address any questions to the Work Team as you work through the forms and design the experience.
* Note that the Undergraduate Research Advisory Board requires faculty take the 3PD-hour LCTS6317 Introduction to Creating Undergraduate Research Experiences prior to submitting documents.
Example Mentor Model Projects:
- Example Mentorship Agreement Forms and Syllabi
- Student Papers/Presentations
- Interview with previous mentors