SP2.6: Fostering a Culture of Undergraduate Research

The specific focus of this project is to increase undergraduate research participation in the fine arts, humanities and social sciences (FAHSS). Specific efforts to enhance impact among undergraduates in these disciplines had significant success in 2014-15. Among these are the awarding of a record number of Summer Scholar and Artist Program grants to FAHSS students, where the number of recipients climbed from 2014's 6 recipients (out of 15 total) to 10 (out of 20 total awards) in 2015. In addition, FAHSS students were at the heart of the development of Binghamton University's new undergraduate research journal, Alpenglow. The journal name was suggested by an English major, and of the 23 student submissions for the inaugural edition, 16 were from FAHSS students. Five of the 7 published submissions were from FAHSS students. In addition, considerable progress was made in developing a course to introduce freshmen and sophomores to research approaches in the humanities. Finally, FAHSS representatives figured prominently in top University awards connected to undergraduate research: one of the two Provost's Award recipients was a musician, and the recipient of the faculty award for mentoring of undergraduates in research and creative activities was a professor in Theatre.

Goals advanced under this project:

  1. Build a dynamic and transformative learning community
  2. Prepare undergraduates seeking graduate degrees for the challenges of graduate school

The indicators of success for these goals are:

Milestones completed since last progress report:

Last Updated: 9/12/14