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Research Workshops

The Undergraduate Research Program will hold a series of workshops in fall 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. Soraya Bartol (sbartol@vwc.edu), to make arrangements.

Thursday, Sept. 3rd at 11:00, Workshop: 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. Hosted by VWC's Undergraduate Research Program (URP), office in the new Center for Experiential Learning.
Location: Foley Classroom, Hofheimer Library

Thursday, Sept. 24th at 11:00, Workshop: How I Write Panel

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. Hosted by VWC's Undergraduate Research Program (URP), office in the new Center for Experiential Learning.
Location: Social Science Lab, Village II

Thursday, Oct. 15th at 11:00, UR Workshop: Citations/Using Mendeley

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. Hosted by VWC's Undergraduate Research Program (URP), office in the new Center for Experiential Learning.
Location: Social Science Lab, Village II

Thursday, Oct. 29th at 11:00, Workshop: Using Data for Research

Description:This workshop introduces students to types of data analysis commonly used for social and natural 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:Center for Experiential Learning, Clarke Hall

Thursday, Nov. 12th at 11:00, Workshop: Abstracts

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:Center for Experiential Learning, Clarke Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 11:00-noon,  Abstract Walk-In Help

Description:
This is hands-on help for students to revise their research abstracts. Faculty and/or staff are available to assist students individually with their abstracts. We encourage students to bring their abstracts and laptops to the meeting. These meetings are 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:Center for Experiential Learning, Clarke Hall

Thursday, Nov. 19th at 11:00, Workshop: 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:Center for Experiential Learning, Clarke Hall

Thursday, Nov. 19th at 11:00, Workshop:  Effective Oral Presentations

Description: Center for Experiential Learning, Clarke Hall.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 .
Location:Research Symposium or an academic conference

Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 11:00-noon,  Abstract Walk-In Help

Description:This is hands-on help for students to revise their research abstracts. Faculty and/or staff are available to assist students individually with their abstracts. We encourage students to bring their abstracts and laptops to the meeting. These meetings are 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:Center for Experiential Learning, Clarke Hall

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 11:00-noon,  Abstract Walk-In Help

Description:This is hands-on help for students to revise their research abstracts. Faculty and/or staff are available to assist students individually with their abstracts. We encourage students to bring their abstracts and laptops to the meeting. These meetings are 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:Center for Experiential Learning, Clarke Hall

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 11:00-1:00: Undergraduate Research Symposium, Division of the Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Description:The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosts it semi-annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Student-researchers present posters and give oral presentation. Refreshments served. Hosted by VWC's Undergraduate Research Program (UPR), offices in the new Center for Experiential Learning.
Location:Blocker Auditorium

 

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