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New program to bring research into the classroom

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

LAWRENCE — The Center for Undergraduate Research is launching a pilot program this spring to assist instructors interested in incorporating research into their undergraduate classes. Nine graduate research consultants will pair with faculty members in a wide variety of fields to challenge their students to further develop their research skills.

The Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) program is modeled from a highly successful program at the University of North Carolina (http://our.unc.edu/faculty/grc/3 ).  KU’s program provides $500 to a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher who works with a particular course to help design a research project, mentor students and evaluate student learning. GRCs are expected to work 30 hours over the course of the semester to facilitate the students’ research projects. The goal of the program is to enable the instructor to require more demanding research projects while providing more support for the students.

Caitlin Coughlin, a doctoral student in linguistics, and Dr. Alison Gabriele, an associate professor in linguistics; are participating in the project with course LING 415: Second Language Acquisition.

To learn more about the Center for Undergraduate Research or the Graduate Research Consultant Program, visit http://ugresearch.ku.edu/instructors/GRC4.



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