Engage with topics, ideas, and the overarching questions that guide the spirit of your inquiry. Get started with thinking about your research goals, how they fit into your major and future goals as you go from being a prospective SU student to a freshman to a senior ready to graduate. Get the resources you need to start your research at whichever stage you may be during your undergraduate years at SU.
Learn how to systematically plan your research and the steps you need to achieve along the way from compliance to planning for appropriate scholarly venues to present your research.
Plan Your Research
Learn about the different research opportunities and programs offered at the Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Henson School for the Sciences, Perdue School of Business, and Seidel School for Education by semester. Explore the opportunities for research, funding, and programs as they are offered during each semester of the academic calendar year.
Gain valuable advice from and learn about fascinating research being conducted by faculty mentors across different disciplines. Find scholarly student groups and join a community of like-minded students. Connect with award-winning faculty research mentors at Salisbury University.
Find out about the funding opportunities available for undergraduate student researchers and their funding deadlines. Learn about the procedures and deadlines for obtaining compliance for your research. Find out about the conference deadlines to keep in mind for presenting your research at scholarly venues.
IDIS 280-152, “Research to Discovery” is designed to help you turn your course ideas into inquiry that can be professionally presented and integrated in your resume or graduate school applications. The course is conducted as a series of 7 “workshops” conducted by the instructor along with faculty guests and field visits to different research sites (e.g., the lab, the field). Guests include faculty mentors, funding committee members, members from the institutional review board (IRB), graduate program directors, and members from career services. The course will guide you through the process of turning an interesting idea into a discovery and is structured as a 7-week, 1-credit, pass/fail offering, with no prerequisites.
At the end of the 7-week course, successful course participants will be able to:
There is no textbook for the course. However, general readings and documents that will guide you in identifying your idea, framing a research question, identifying qualities of faculty mentors, completing IRB protocol applications, and others will be made available for reading through My Classes.
Attendance and Participation
Attendance is expected and mandatory. As a workshop-driven and guest-lecture format course, your participation will be an important part of your learning experience. All assignment-related accommodations and class absences should be brought to the instructor’s attention via email before class.
Deadlines and Late Policy
All work is due at the beginning of class. Late submissions will be counted down to 50% credit for up to a 24-hour delay and not accepted for credit beyond that.
All assignments will be graded out of a 10-point system whereby 9-10 points (A)= perfect, complete work; 8–8.9 points (B)=good, complete work, 7–7.9 points (C)=acceptable, complete work, 6–6.9 points (D)=good but partially incomplete work and 5.9 and below (F): unacceptable and incomplete. The points will be totaled at the end of the semester with Pass=6 and above, Fail=5.9 and below.
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Office of Student Disability Support Services (OSDSS)
The OSDSS can be reached at 410-677-6536.
It is expected you have read and understand the University’s policy as described in the Student Policy on Academic Integrity in your SU Student Handbook (www.salisbury.edu/Students/handbook/welcome.html) and thereby agree to honor these standards.
Course assignments comprise approximately 1-page documents associated with each workshop that adapt the goal to the student’s own major, topic interests, and ideas. Unless otherwise indicated, assignments are submitted electronically via My Classes and are due on the dates below. Submissions will be graded on the (a) quality of writing as indicated by proofreading and editing, (b) content incorporating requirements as referenced by citing readings; and (c) directly referenced and incorporated specific takeaways from the class, workshop/site visit tour, or panel/individual guidance by faculty mentors.
MEETING SCHEDULE: IDIS 280-152 RESEARCH TO DISCOVERY
Week 1, Feb 1: Introductions, discussions: Ideas to Research Questions
How many types of research are there? What are the stages of the research process?
Brainstorm Ideas!: Turning that classroom paper into a research project
Week 2, Feb 8: Finding a Faculty Mentor: Drs. Jen Cox/Rachel Buchanan/Sally Perret/Henson
How can a faculty mentor help? How to identify and approach a faculty mentor?
Workshop: Approaching and navigating the faculty mentor relationship (Idea due)
Week 3, Feb 15: IRB Applications: Dr. Sarah Surak/Dr. Robert Joyner, OR an IRB member
Do you need IRB approval? Working on and submitting the IRB protocol
Site visit (6:45—7:15 p): Tour of work done in Dr. Gene Hahn’s 3-D printing lab (Research question due)
Week 4, Feb 22: Getting Funding: Dr. Michael Moeder, Dr. Kristen Walton, NCUR
How funding can help; Finding and applying for funding
Site visit (6:45—7:15 p): Tour of research done in Dr. Stephen Habay’s lab (Faculty Mentor due)
Week 5: Mar 1: Conferencing: Dr. Scott Mazzetti
Finding an appropriate conference; Networking successfully at conferences
Site visit (6:45—7:15 p): Field research (IRB draft due)
Week 6, Mar 8: Graduate School: Dr. Jacques Koko/Dr. Jim Buss + students
Identifying a graduate school? Framing the research inquiry for your area of focus.
Workshop/Individual Discussion: How to apply? How can my research project help? (Funding application due)
Week 7 Mar 15: Industry Careers: Career Services workshop
How to leverage your research project to make a competitive resume
Workshop: How to stand out in your chosen field; How to identify careers that are a good fit with your interests (Grad school application due and/or bring your resume to class)