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Introduction to Research & Other Scholarly Activities (UCRS 3150)

Purpose - The purpose of this course is to prepare the class for research and scholarly activity. Information on
planning, organizing, collecting and analyzing data, preparing research papers, and presenting research findings will
be provided. Additionally, information regarding preparation for graduate education and the academy will be
presented.

Grading - Course grade (1000 points) will be based on participation and attendance/promptness (250 points) and
assignments (750 points).

Assignments see back for instructions and additional information.


DATE TOPIC TIME PRESENTER(S)
June
6
Class Policies & Procedures
Assignments
1. Biographical Sketch (50 pts.)
2. Annotated Bibliography (100 pts.)
3. Reflection Paper (50 pts.)
4. Curriculum Vitae (100 pts.)
5. Scholarship & Graduate School Applications (100 pts.)
6. Grant Writing Assignment (50 pts.)
7. Personal Statement (100 pts.)
8. Poster Draft (200 pts.)
Brief Introduction to Poster Presentations
9:00-10:15






Dr. Diana Elrod (DAE)
Rosa Fonseca (RF)
Rebekah Samaniego (RS)


Break 10:15-10:30
What is Research? 10:30-12:00 Dr. Sharon Jenkins - Psychology
13 9:00-10:00 Dr. James Duban Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships & English
Biographical
Sketch Due
Break 10:00-10:15
Scholarly Writing-Part 1 10:15-12:00 RS & RF
20 Scholarly Writing-Part 2

9:00-10:15 RS & RF
Annotated
Bibliography Due
Break 10:15-10:30
So Now You are in Grad School . . . 10:30-12:00 Dr. Mark Wardell Toulouse Graduate School & Sociology
27 The Ethics of Academia & Research-Part 1 9:00-10:15 Dr. Adam Briggle Philosophy (Facilitator)
Dr. Rebecca Dickstein Biological Sciences
Dr. Sarah Fredericks Philosophy
Dr. Victor Prybutok Toulouse Graduate School & Decision Sciences
Reflection Paper
Due
Break 10:15-10:30
The Ethics of Academia & Research-Part 2 10:30-12:00
July
4
NO CLASS
11 Grant Proposals Seeking & Writing 9:00-10:30 Dr. Denise Perry Simmons Office of Research and Economic
Development & Biological Sciences

DAE
CV Due
Break 10:30-10:45
Great Pretenders Confronting the Imposter Phenomenon 10:45-12:00
18 The Graduate School Application Process 9:00-10:15 DAE
Scholarship/GS
Application
Assignment Due
Break 10:15-10:30

Funding Your Graduate Education 10:30-12:00 Dr. Joseph Oppong Toulouse Graduate School & Geography
25 Research Presentation Methods: Poster 9:00-10:15 RS & RF
Grant
Assignment Due
Break 10:15-10:30
Personal
Statement
DRAFT Due
Personal Statement Read Through and Critiques 10:30-12:00
August
1
Graduate Program, Advisor, & Committee Selection 9:00-10:30 Dr. Marshall Armintor English
Dr. Sushama Dandekar Chemistry
Dr. Gabe Ignatow Sociology
Personal
Statement Due
Break 10:30-10:45
Welcome to Paradise A Resiliency Workshop 10:45-12:00 DAE
8 The Graduate School Experience Part 1 9:00-10:15 Graduate Student Panel
Poster Draft Due
Break 10:15-10:30
The Graduate School Experience Part 2 10:30-12:00 Graduate Student Panel


DATES TO REMEMBER:
August 27
th
Research Posters Due by 5:00 p.m.

September 12
th
Research Poster Presentations and Recognition Luncheon
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Assignments

For all assignments, please:
Upload assignments by 9:00 a.m. on their due dates to Blackboard as Word document attachments (DO NOT PLACE
ASSIGNMENTS IN THE BODY OF THE DROP BOX) with the following:
File attachment name of email: doe john reflection paper summer 2014.doc.
If you do not title the file in this fashion, points will be deducted from your grade; if you do not submit
your assignments on time, you will not receive credit.
1. Biographical Sketch (50 pts.) due June 13
See example online.
2. Annotated Bibliography (100 pts.) due June 20
Find five articles on your own research. Write up an annotated bibliography for each article.
3. Reflection Paper (50 pts.) due June 27
Please write one short, single page paper on both publications On Being a Scientist and The History, Purpose, and
Future of Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Both are available online (click here for online
versions). Reflection papers are often about personal reactions and thoughts. Remember that the rules of writing
apply to papers about your thoughts and feelings. Although you are writing about a personal experience, this does
not allow you to use a free-form of writing. Focus your feelings, be organized, and develop observations and
feelings. Observations and feelings are an essential component of a reflection paper; however, in order for these
components to be properly conveyed, they must be developed. Identify specific aspects or components of the
situation that has been observed. One way to do this is by asking basic questions: who, what, when, where, why,
and how.
4. Curriculum Vitae (100 pts.) due July 11
See example in online.
5. Scholarship and Graduate School Applications (100 pts.) due July 18
See example online. Using the information provided in the packet (checklist), please develop an annotated list of
five prospective schools and five prospective scholarships (or fellowships). Answer the following questions about
each school and/or scholarship:
1. Why this school/scholarship?
2. Who would you like to work with at this school, why, and in which department (grad app)?
3. When is the application due?
4. How much is the fee and is there a waiver?
5. Is there a second application for the department (in addition to the one for the graduate school)?
6. Other items as appropriate.
6. Grant Proposals (50 pts.) due July 25 (Personal Statement draft also due)
Please develop an annotated list of three field specific grants. Answer the following questions:
1. Why is the grant appropriate for you?
2. When is the grant due, and what years does it cover?
3. How much is the grant and is it tuition, fees, stipend, or all?
4. Other items as appropriate.
7. Personal Statement (100 pts.) draft due July 25 and final due August 1
Use information from Dr. Duban and see examples online.
8. Research Poster Draft (200 pts.) due August 8
Use information provided in class and see examples online.