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Research Workshops

The Undergraduate Research Program will hold a series of workshops in fall 2014. These workshops aim to help students from all disciplines with various aspects of conducting, writing, 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.

 

  • October 2nd @ 11:00 am -- Defining a Research Problem
    Description: This workshop provides instruction on how to determine and define a viable and interesting 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: Social Science Lab, Village II
  • October 16th @ noon -- 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
  • October 23rd @ 11:00 am -- 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
  • November 11th @ 11:00 am -- 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: Social Science Lab, Village II
  • November 20th @ 11:00 am -- 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: Social Science Lab, Village II
  • December 2nd @ 11:00 am -- 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: Social Science Lab, Village II

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