Experiences in which students undertake significant research projects using the methods of their chosen discipline.
The College has long recognized the value of
undergraduate research as an excellent extension of traditional classroom
pedagogy. Such research leads to an enhanced and more practical understanding
of professional methods and fields of study appropriate to the various academic
disciplines. In some cases, research may result in the discovery of previously
unknown information. In many instances, however, the pedagogical value of such
research lies as much in the methods used as in the results obtained. The
primary objective is that the project be substantial (in breadth, scope, scale,
maturity, effort, and time involved), and that research methods of the chosen
discipline be learned and demonstrated.
Each Odyssey research project, whether curricular or extracurricular, whether
on-campus or off-campus, must be conducted under the supervision of a Hendrix
faculty member in the field of study related to the research in question. The
faculty supervisor must be consulted in the planning stages of the research and
frequently throughout the duration of the project. Faculty supervisors of
undergraduate research projects not only attend to the quality of a student’s
research in the discipline but also, as appropriate, help the student use the
experience to explore his or her potential as a researcher or other
professional in the field of study.
Because dissemination is a crucial part of the research experience, all Odyssey
research must be presented to the public in an appropriate manner through, for
example, presentation at professional meetings, publications, or by means of
on-campus venues. Individual departments will determine the way by which
student research projects in that discipline achieve public presentation.
Examples of research experiences that may qualify for Odyssey credit include,
but are not limited to, participation in courses that have research as the
primary component, participation in senior capstone experiences where research
is a significant part of the capstone requirement, or enrollment in independent
studies or off-campus experiences the principal focus of which is research.
A research proposal must be prepared for student-initiated projects, as
delineated in this Odyssey Program Guide. For off-campus projects, the Hendrix
faculty supervisor will ensure that the student will be an active participant
in a high-quality research project, and that the student has acquired a solid
theoretical and practical understanding of that project.
Examples of experiential learning activities that might fulfill this category:
COURSES. Courses with a UR coding require research that is substantial and
typical of the particular discipline.
INDIVIDUALIZED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES. There are some course experiences that,
under certain circumstances, may qualify for UR Odyssey credit even though such
courses are not UR coded. Examples of such experiences could be independent
studies with an extensive research component or class assignments (modules)
that in individual cases expand to the point where they are worthy of UR
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. Examples of appropriate projects which might be
included in this category include research conducted either at Hendrix under
the direction of a faculty member or conducted primarily off-campus.
Dissemination of the research results and supervision by a Hendrix faculty
member are both required for summer and off-campus research projects.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR UR PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
• Consider carefully any laboratory
facilities, supplies or equipment that you will need for your project.
• There may be safety issues (chemical,
human or animal subjects, radiation, etc.) that must be addressed prior to
beginning the research. Be sure to contact the proper safety officials, discuss
the proposal with them, and obtain clearance to proceed.
• In order to receive Odyssey credit,
your research results must be presented in a public forum, either on- or
off-campus. Specify your plan for
presenting your research in your proposal. Also note that a reflection activity
may be encouraged for the experience.