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.
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Welcome to a unique experienceGroup & Individual Meetings
ROANOKE COLLEGEBUSINESS ANDECONOMICS DEPARTMENT
Mentor DemonstrationUndergraduate Research @ RC
SPRING 2011DR. ALICE LOUISE KASSENS
Conduct arigorous re-search project
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