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Research Workshops

The Undergraduate Research Program will hold a series of workshops in spring 2015. These workshops help students from all disciplines with various aspects of conducting and presenting research. They are designed to supplement classroom instruction. Faculty from various academic departments lead the workshops.

Students may attend any of these workshops. No registration is required. Faculty may also assign students to participate. If you would like to request one of these workshops for an entire class, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Sara Sewell (ssewell@vwc.edu), to make arrangements.

All workshops begin at 11:00 a.m. Most of the workshops will be held in the Foley Classroom, which is located on the second floor of Hofheimer Library.

February 5 -- Why Doing Research Matters: Tips from Students

Description: This workshop features a panel of student-researchers who represent a variety of majors. Students discuss their research experiences, provide tips for successful research projects, and explain how they translated their research experiences into other academic experiences, such as research grants and conferences. They will also discuss how undergraduate research helps to build a resumé, land a job, and prepare for graduate school.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

February 12 -- Defining a Research Problem

Description: This workshop provides instruction on how to select and define a viable and interesting research problem. Building on Virginia Wesleyan’s commitment to inquiry-guided learning, it explains how to develop questions to determine compelling research problems. The workshop especially focuses on how to use scholarly literature to articulate a problem. It also stresses the importance of practical considerations when deciding on a research problem, including defining a project that can be completed within a single semester and assessing whether the appropriate resources are available to conduct the research.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

February 19 -- Using the Internet for Research

Description: This workshop provides instruction on how to use the Internet to conduct effective research. It focuses especially on strategies to locate reliable Internet sources for research, to evaluate the credibility of Internet sources, and to cite Internet sources.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

February 24 -- Research Librarians: Your Research Coaches

Description: This workshop helps students to prepare for independent research. It focuses on empowering students to make the most of the help provided by research librarians, from the beginning of a research project through the final stages.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

February 26 -- Going Pro: Taking Your Library Research Skills to the Next Level

Description: This workshop introduces students to strategies for digging deeper in their research by using library resources. It covers strategies for locating fulltext sources and primary sources.  It also provides instruction on how to locate and use resources away from VWC.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

March 5 -- Using Data in Research

Description: This workshop introduces students to sources of commonly used social scientific data. It focuses on how to find and use data to support or illustrate theoretical arguments. This workshop is useful for students enrolled in upper-level courses with an independent research project that advances an original argument and supports it with evidence. No previous experience with research is required.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

March 10 -- Writing in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences

Description: This workshop features a panel of faculty from the natural sciences and mathematics to talk about writing in their disciplines.The speakers will discuss their writing strategies. Additionally, they will explain some of the weaknesses of student writing and offer tips on to address these weaknesses.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

March 12 -- How I Write

Description: This workshop features an interdisciplinary faculty panel of faculty who discuss their writing strategies. Researchers all write differently. The speakers will share their insights into effective and efficient writing strategies. The workshop focuses especially on ways to begin the writing process, strategies for organizing ideas, and techniques for engaging other scholars’ research.
Location: Pearce Hospitality Suite, Batten Center

March 26  -- An Introduction to Academic Citations

Description: This workshop offers instruction on citing sources. It focuses on the rationale for academic citations, it explains when citations are necessary, and it reviews tools that help with citations. It also provides an introduction to formatting citations using various academic conventions.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

April 2  -- APA Style

Description: This workshop offers instruction on APA (American Psychological Association) style, which is the preferred academic style used in most social science disciplines. The workshop focuses on explaining APA citations, including in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. It additionally reviews other APA style formatting guidelines.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

April 9 -- Abstracts I

Description: An essential element of the presentation of research is an abstract that summarizes the research. This workshop teaches the qualities of an effective abstract, and it demonstrates strategies for writing abstracts. This workshop is especially helpful to students who will present their research at Virginia Wesleyan’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and who would like to share their research on the Undergraduate Research webpage.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

April 16 -- Making a Research Poster

Description: This workshop explains how to create a poster that effectively presents research findings. It focuses on both technical elements of poster design and content. The workshop is especially helpful to students who will present posters at Virginia Wesleyan’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium or off-campus academic conferences.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

April 21 -- Abstracts II

Description: This is a hands-on workshop to help students to revise their research abstracts. Faculty from each academic division are available to assist students individually with their abstracts. We encourage students to bring their abstracts and laptops to the workshop. This workshop is especially helpful to students who will present their research at Virginia Wesleyan’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and who would like to share their research on the Undergraduate Research webpage.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

April 23 -- Effective Oral Presentations

Description: This workshop provides instruction on strategies for effective oral presentations. While it focuses on scholarly research presentations, it also provides tips for all kinds of academic oral presentations. This workshop is helpful for students who will give an oral presentations this semester. It is especially useful for students who will give either an oral or poster presentation at Virginia Wesleyan’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium or an academic conference.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

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