The Indispensable Guide to Undergraduate Research: Success in and Beyond College

The Indispensable Guide to Undergraduate Research: Success in and Beyond College


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Despite all of the information that exists to encourage students to attend and do well in college, this is the first research-based guide that directly advises first- and second-year college students. With a focus on the needs and interests of students who are underrepresented in the academy (African American, Latinx, low-income, and first-generation students), this book will help all students take full advantage of the academic resources that the university setting has to offer. The authors introduce students to different types of research across the disciplines, showing them how to work with professors to build a course of study, how to integrate research work into coursework, and how to write and present research. This timely volume will also assist faculty, staff, and parents in providing the needed tools to promote student success. Visit the book website at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807758502
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 03/03/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,176,349
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface: Setting the Stage for Success xi

What Is Research? xi

Why Do Research? xii

1 Finding the Tools to Become a Scholar 3

Students versus Scholars: Why College Is Not High School 6

Faculty-Student versus Teacher-Student Relationships 9

Coping with Successes and Challenges 10

Who We Are, Who You Are 11

What You Can Learn from the Rest of This Book 20

2 Get Started with Undergraduate Research: What, Why, and How 22

Student versus Scholar 25

Research Helps You Become a Scholar 26

Your College Already Supports Research and Researchers 29

Research Allows You to Develop Skills and Connections That Will Help You on Your Career Path 30

Research Can Earn You Money, Academic Credit, and a Tangible Scholarly Contribution 33

What Research Looks Like Within and Across Research Areas and Disciplines 34

Options for Undergraduate Research 38

3 How to Fit Research In with Everything Else: Time and Energy Management 44

Why Time and Energy Management Is Crucial to the Research Process 45

How High School Life Is Different from College Life: Planning for College Life and Beyond 46

Assessing Your Success: Being Research Ready 54

The Extra Demands on Underrepresented Students: When Your Schedule Isn't Entirely Your Own 65

Conclusion 68

4 Research with Professors and Mentors 69

Navigating the Academy: What Is a Professor? 70

What Is a Mentor? 74

Finding Engaged Faculty 76

Working with Faculty 83

The Role of Underrepresented Faculty and Intellectual Areas: The Rise of Responsive Programs 88

Conclusion 90

5 Writing and Presenting Research 91

The Notion of Audience 92

Citation and Writing Style 95

Finding and Using Previous Research for Your Paper 96

Editing and Proofreading Your Written Work 100

Presenting Your Research in Different Forums 101

Social Media for an Academic and Professional Audience 114

Curricula Vitae and Resumes 115

Conclusion: You Can Do It! 116

6 Underrepresented Scholars in the Academy: Making a Way 117

Institutional Context 121

Facing Challenges 124

Underrepresented Scholars and Trust 136

Conclusion 142

7 In Conclusion: Research in Action 143

Dissemination 148

Challenges to Community Research 151

Responsibility Matters in Research 151

Topics for the Future of Undergraduate Research 158

References 161

Index 173

About the Authors 185

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