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 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 Odyssey credit.
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 Undergraduate Research (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
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.