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Since research is a key component to the University of Kentucky’s success, faculty can readily use good design principles to weave undergraduate students into this academic mission early in their careers. A hands-on approach to learning how academic scholarship works is crucial for the success of all our students, especially for those undergraduates traditionally underrepresented in particular disciplines or overall on the UK campus. Being clear up front about the various expectations at each step of the research is crucial. This can best be handled by preparing and presenting in advance examples of good research projects and a rubric by which the student’s project will be assessed. Intellectual relationships between faculty and first- or second-year undergraduates are enriched through research partnerships – whether as part of a particular course’s requirements or as an independent project. A rigorous support system is invaluable to the faculty mentor, allowing her or him to focus on the academic challenges unique to a particular scholarly problem to solve. That support comes from all parts of campus including peer advising, peer research interest groups, skill-building workshops, peer research publication efforts, University-wide speaker events, and research presentations or UK Undergraduate Research showcase events. The UK Undergraduate Research Office offers support at all levels for faculty and students engaged in research — whether independent research projects or embedded research expectations in undergraduate courses.
UK Academic Ombud Office - Academic Integrity - http://www.uky.edu/ombud/academic-integrity
UK Office of Research Integrity, Resources and Policies - http://www.research.uky.edu/ori/
UK Office of Undergraduate Research, Resources for Students and Faculty - http://www.uky.edu/academy/research-resources