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.
Dissemination is a crucial part of
the research experience. Therefore, the final product must be shared in a way
that is appropriate to the academic discipline and open to an outside audience.
This can occur, for example, at a professional
meeting, via publication, or at an on-campus venue.
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.
proposal form 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:
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.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. Examples of
appropriate projects that 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.
COURSES. Courses with a UR coding require
research that is substantial and typical of the particular discipline.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE UR CATEGORY
Supervisors for the UR category must be
members of the Hendrix faculty.
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.