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Mentor demonstration model syllabus

Mentor demonstration model syllabus

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Syllabus for a group of undergraduate researchers participating in a mentor demonstration model at Roanoke College (Salem, VA)
Syllabus for a group of undergraduate researchers participating in a mentor demonstration model at Roanoke College (Salem, VA)

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Published by: Alice Louise Kassens Uhl on Jan 25, 2011
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courses. I will have a plannedtopic for each meeting, but themajority of the time will be spentin discussion of our projects.
“Our” projects...yes, I will be
doing each step with you. I havea variety of research projectsunderway. I will integrate theseprojects into our discussion anddo each assignment with you.This is truly a mentoring environ-ment. Not only am I your men-
tor, but you are each other’s
mentors and you are mine. Yourpeers will be involved in yourproject as much as I will.By the end of the semester youwill have participated in a classlike none other. It is an experi-ence that will complement yourliberal arts education.
Let’s have a fantastic semester!
 Welcome to a unique undergrad-uate research experience.Roanoke College aims to pro-mote undergraduate research.Typically undergraduate researchtakes the form of a student writ-ing a paper as a course require-ment (ex. ECON 448.)While class instruction can high-light the important aspects of research and communication,many details must be omitted forthe sake of time.Observing an experienced re-searcher is likely to complementthe learning experience, but thetypical course does not permitthis addition either.Finally, students can help eachother with ideas and encourage-ment. Some time is spent onpeer review and discussion, but itis often not the highlight.
This “course” will combine all of 
these elements (detailed instruc-tion, mentoring/observation, andpeer review/discussion).The class environment will bedifferent from that of otherWe will meet as a group once aweek. I have reserved West HallRm. 115 each Tuesday from11:50-1:00. Please be there nolater than 12:00. Some weeks Iwill have department meetings atthat time, so I have reserved thesame room at the same time forthose Thursdays. The scheduleis on the last page and it reflectsthese days. Feel free to bringlunch or a snack to class as Iknow that many of you aresqueezed for time.Each of you will need severalindividual meetings as the semes-ter progresses to work on differ-ent aspects of your project.Please use my online schedulerto find a time that works forboth of us (www.jifflenow.com/cal/Alice_Kassens). These meet-ings will take place in my office.Feel free to email me with ques-tions or comments at any time.
Caption describing pictureor graphic.
Welcome to a unique experienceGroup & Individual Meetings
Mentor DemonstrationUndergraduate Research @ RC
Observe men-
tors’ research
Conduct arigorous re-search project
Communicateindividual re-search
Engage in peer reviewGOALS:
Produce anoriginal re-search paper 
Develop apresentationfor the re-search paper 
Submit theresearch pa-per to anundergradu-ate confer-ence
Submit theresearch pa-per to anundergradu-ate journal
“Research is to see
what everybody else has seen, and to think whatnobody else has
 Albert Szent-Gyorgyi(Hungarian Biochemist,1893-1986)
My research project about usOur blogAbout Dr. Alice Louise Kassens
I earned my BA in Economicsand History from The Collegeof William and Mary. While incollege I was a varsity cross-country and indoor/outdoortrack athlete for the Tribe.I went straight from college toa PhD program in Economicsat North Carolina State Uni-versity. My fields of specialtyare health and labor econom-ics.I was a Visiting Professor of Economics at Washington andLee University 2004-2005, andcame to Roanoke College in2005-2006. I was grantedtenure and promoted to Asso-ciate Professor for the 2010-11 academic year.I am working on several re-search projects including:1) Effects of clinical depressionon labor market outcomes(with Dr. William M. Rodg-ers, III)2) Behavior of aging obeseafter adverse health events3) Effect of unemployment andrecession on NYC marathonperformanceI live in Fincastle, VA with myhusband Brandon and ourseven pets (4 dogs, 3 cats)Millie, Lily, Macy, Dean, Szabo,Hillary, and Gabby. My hus-band is a track coach at Wash-ington and Lee University.I continue to run competitivelyand am sponsored by Brooksand Hammer Nutrition. I amcurrently training for a mara-thon in my hometown Wil-mington, NC in March.linked the blog to the Econom-ics Program blog to promoteit.I will post an entry after eachof our meetings and post en-tries about the progress madeon each of your topics andaccomplishments.If you can think of additionalI started a blog last month to journal what we do through-out the semester. I will use itin future undergraduate re-search experiences as well, butyou all are the first!It is my hope that alumni, oth-er students, faculty, and friendsof the College will keep upwith what we are doing. I haveways to use the blog, let meknow.Make sure that you visit theblog frequently and post com-ments if you like.kassensmaroonsinac-tion.blogspot.com and work on with you.I am also planning to write apaper describing this coursefor an Economics Education journal.Although some aspects of thecourse are borrowed fromothers, as a whole, the experi-ence is unique. I believe thatmany professors will be inter-ested in what we do, how wedo it, and our successes anddifficulties. This course fitsperfectly in the liberal artssetting, and I believe that manyprofessors at similar schoolswould like to integrate it intotheir curriculum.This project is in its infancy,and I will share and work on itwith you as well. I very muchappreciate any comments andsuggestions that you have forit, or any other of my researchprojects.In addition to the researchtopics listed in my summary, Iam actively working on severalprojects in the area of Eco-nomics Education.Last semester I surveyed myECON 448 (Econometrics)students and am using theirresponses in a case study of the course and its researchrequirement. This is one of the projects that I will share
SARA CAUDLEBusiness and EconomicsMajor 
Honors in the Major, Business
About you
“Research is
formalized curiosity. It is poking and  prying with a
 Zora NealeHurston(American writer,1903-1960)
BRENT COXBusiness Major, HealthCare Administration andHuman Resource Manage-ment Concentrator 
Honors in the Major, Business
 JORGE GUZMAN COR-REAEconomics and Interna-tional Relations Major 
Honors in the Major, Economics
TRAVIS ANDREWSEconomics and Biochemistry Major 
Independent Study, Health Economics
TYLER RINKOEconomics and BusinessMajor 
Honors in the Major, Economics
NIC WRIGHTEconomics and BusinessMajor 
Honors in the Major, Economics
 JUSTIN TUMABusiness Major, Economics Minor 
Honors in the Major, Business

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