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Research Workshops

The Undergraduate Research Program will hold a series of workshops in spring 2014. These workshops aim to help students from all disciplines with various aspects of conducting and presenting research. They are designed to supplement classroom instruction. Faculty from various departments will 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 4 -- 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 teaches students 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 11 -- Maximizing Library Help for Research

    Description:This workshop focuses on making the most of the assistance that librarians provide, from the beginning of a research project through the final stages. The workshop also offers tips on how to maximize the library’s research tools, including features in the library's databases, to enhance research efficiency.
    Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

  • February 18 -- 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 25 -- Using Data in Research

    Description: This workshop introduces students to sources of commonly used social scientific data. It focuses on how to 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 6 -- How I Write

    Description:This workshop features an interdisciplinary 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 11  -- 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 library tools that help with citations. It also provides an introduction to formatting citations using various academic conventions.
    Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

  • March 25  -- 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 1 -- Effective Oral Presentations
    Description: Scholars routinely present their research to academic audiences. This workshop provides instruction on effective oral presentation strategies, focusing on research presentations. In addition to offering tips for effective oral presentations, this workshop explains techniques for scholarly research presentations. The workshop should be especially helpful to students who will present at VWC’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium or off-campus academic conferences.
    Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

  • April 8 -- 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 VWC’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and who would like to share their research on VWC’s Undergraduate Research webpage.
    Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

  • April 15-- Abstracts II
    Description: This is a hands-on workshop to help students revise their research abstracts. Faculty from each academic division will be 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 VWC’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and who would like to share their research on VWC’s Undergraduate Research webpage.
    Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

  • April 22 -- Making a Research Poster
    Description: This workshop explains how to put together a poster that effectively presents research findings. It focuses on both technical elements of poster design and content. The workshop should be especially helpful to students who will present posters at VWC’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium or off-campus academic conferences.
    Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

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