One of the Building Scholars’ goals is to engage undergraduate students in original research. Undergraduate research experiences enhance the quality of the student’s learning experience and promote a variety of important skills. According to student surveys, undergraduate research has been a top activity contributing to student engagement at TAMIU. The University has expanded the capacity to offer research opportunities to undergraduates in all disciplines in order to increase student engagement and success. Building Scholars is helping to continue to provide the infrastructure for research across campus by implementing an undergraduate research program for all disciplines.
Our current faculty has the background and training to mentor undergraduate research projects in a wide range of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, sociology, psychology, communications, business, education, humanities, public affairs and nursing. Sharing research results among colleagues is an important step in building expertise in the field, and it is expected that faculty members involved in research with undergraduate students include students in their research and publications. The following is a list of projects supported by the program. Any journal and conference presentations as a result of these activities are appended below. The persons boldfaced received funding from the Building Scholars program.
Andrew M. Hilburn, Ph.D.
- GEOG 4340: Maps, Mapping, and Society Class used GPS to collect field data for lab exercise
- Three students used GPS units and incorporated GPS technology for their final projects in GEOG 4340
- Building Scholars Summer Research Week students participated in two GPS field mapping sessions in July 2016
- GEOG 3451: GIS for the Social Sciences will learn and operate GPS units for class exercises and final projects
- GEOG 1301: Physical Geography students were trained in the theory and use of GPS technology for a class lab exercise
- GPS units will be featured for promotional efforts to attract students to the geography mino
- Dr. Hilburn will use GPS units in research on agrarian and energy landscapes in east-central Mexico in Summer 2017
- Dr. Hilburn will use GPS units in research on garbage management in southern Mexico in Summer 2017 and possibly Winter Break 2016
Thomas T. Zawisza, Ph.D.
- Students in my CRIJ 4325 are now using R for statistical modeling, instead of SPSS
- Dr. Zawisza and Dr. Hilburn are working closely with an undergraduate student who wishes to get her PhD. Some of the research she is doing is a direct result of the information learned at Ann Arbor, conference.