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Announcements SRP July 22, 2015

If you have had your poster printed by CRL it should be available throughout the rest of the day in HO 202 - PLEASE COME BY AND PICK IT UP – RETREIVING IT TOMORROW MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE.


you should dress in business attire tomorrow.



has poster presentation schedule – hope to have a file up later today that is alphabetical and easier to search

Registration is 11:00-12:00 First Poster Session starts at 12:00 ends at 1:25; second session starts at 1:35 and runs until 3:00.

You should plan on standing by your poster during your 90 minute session (EAT LUNCH BEFORE YOU COME)

You should plan on viewing other students’ posters during the session you are not assigned.

We will provide name tags; poster pins; foam core and easel. Bottled water and a cookie

You bring poster and handouts if you wish (don’t bring bulky items like backpacks as we have no place to store them.

Check with your program leaders about completing requirements for your summer program;

UROP students expected to have summary paper of 5-7 pages to me by no later than Monday July 27 at 5:00 p.m.

If you are in the RISE course good idea to write to me and remind me.



Leveraging Your Summer Research ExperienceJuly 22, 2015

Who Do You Want To Be?



Review the value of undergraduate mentored research and creative activity

Value to our institution and education in general

Value to you

Some Ways to Leverage Your Research Experience

The Importance of Following Your Passion

Anthropological Perspective on Research as a Human Trait (my passion)

Your Future is Our Future


Reprise: “What is Undergraduate Research?”


An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that

makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline..


(from the Council on Undergraduate Research)



What Do You Think?


five minutes

to discuss the following questions with your neighbor:

By this definition did you make an original contribution? What was it?

What generalizable lessons/skills did you take away form your summer experience?


What Should Undergraduate Research Do for US?

Educational benefits include:


and empowers


in hands-on learning

Enhances the student learning experience through mentoring relationships with faculty

Increases retention in the STEM disciplines & other fields

Provides effective career preparation & promotes interest in graduate education

Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, self confidence, and intellectual independence

Promotes an innovation-oriented culture


What Should Undergraduate Research Do for You?


benefits include:

Working closely with a faculty mentor

Learning about issues, methods, and leaders in students' chosen fields

Applying concepts learned in coursework to "real life" situations

Sharpening problem-solving skills 

Learning to read primary literature


What Should Undergraduate Research Do for You?

Professional benefits


Exploring and preparing for future careers

Developing marketable skills

Enhancing professional communication skills

Collaborating with others and working effectively as part of a team


What Should Undergraduate Research Do for You?


benefits include:

Growing as a critical, analytical, and independent thinker

Meeting challenges and demonstrating the ability to complete a project

Discovering personal interests

Developing internal standards of excellence


Research on Undergraduate Research Supports These Points:Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology, Utah State University,

Graduates report that they use their research skills, more than any other sociological skills, in their future jobs!

Analytical Skills


Time Management


Writing Skills


Understanding of Ethics




The American Association of Colleges and Universities -Peer Review: Spring 2010, Vol. 12, No. 2 Undergraduate Research as a High-Impact Student Experience”By David Lopatto, professor of psychology, Grinnell College

“Undergraduate researchers learn tolerance for obstacles faced in the research process, how knowledge is constructed, independence, increased self-confidence, and a readiness for more demanding research.

These benefits are an advantage in any career path.”


AAAS Recognizes the Growing Importance of Undergraduate Research



Growing a new generation of scholars and researchers


my notions of what I wanted to do were shaped by that first summer doing research."


Visioning Experience

Spend a few minutes addressing the following “thought experiment” and then share answers with your neighbor

Where (locale) will you be working in the year 2025 and what will you be doing

How will you know if you are happy?


How Do I Leverage This Experience?

Stay in Touch With Your Mentor

Look for Other UGR or Active Learning Opportunities

Look to Present Your Research at Regional and/or National Meetings

Push to Publish

Incorporate Your Experience on Your Resume/Portfolio

Seek Research and RISE Notations on Your Transcript

Try to Follow Your Passion

Value the Privilege You earn


Stay in Touch With Your Mentor(More Research ON Undergraduate Research)

Osborne and Karukstis (2009) with faculty mentors significantly affect an individual student’s cognitive and behavioral development .directly impact student satisfaction and learning (Astin, 1993). participation in undergraduate research with a faculty mentor is a “high impact” learning experience. (Lipka, 2007) Additional studies verify that the collegial and collaborative partnership of undergraduate students and faculty members contributes significantly to the personal and professional gains reported by students (Seymour, 2004; Hunter, 2006). Mentors write the best letters of recommendationMentors are (often) for life


Look for Other UGR or Active Learning Opportunities


Present at Regional and/or National Meetings

Why should I present my findings?

Presenting your research gives you an important opportunity to share your findings with other undergraduates and faculty members.

Conference presentations are an important part of professional development, and they offer the chance to receive valuable feedback on your work.

They provide you with public speaking experience and help you deepen your own understanding of your research as you explain your project and respond to questions.

Conferences are also wonderful places to network with your peers and professionals in your field.

Finally, you will gain valuable experience to highlight on a resume or graduate school application.

Where can you present your research?





Incorporate Your Experience on Your Resume/Portfolio

Note the specific and general skills learned

Link to products where possible

Modify for audience

*Carine Olinde

(CTSI Scholar)

*Phillip Witcher

(MURI Scholar)


Reasons to Publish

It is how knowledge is shared, vetted, and accumulated

It is how YOU get recognized as an authority

It is the “gold standard” for academic promotion and tenure

It is the pre-requisite of successful grant funding

It is a way to connect with other potential collaborators.


Publishing Cultures

Every discipline has it’s own expectations and standards – you will need to learn these before moving forward

Who are co-authors and how they are listed




Format of publication, use of graphics etc.

The literature you read for your own research is generally a good guide

Mentor is always a good resource


Journals to Consider




Discipline specific Journals



Seek Transcript Notation




The Importance of Following Your Passion: Some General Reflections on Achieving a Meaningful Career

Personal Experiences Based on a 35 year career

Anthropological Perspective and Perspective from working to promote student success


Keep Your Edge!

"It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin barefoot irreverence to their studies;

they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it"



, 1975).


Zora Neale Hurston – 1891-1860 – Novelist, folklorist, anthropologistResearch?

Zora Neale Hurston –Writer, poet, folklorist, anthropologist

“”Their Eyes Were Watching God”esearch is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” Broadly speaking then “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose”


Do Research to Follow Your Passion the Example of Dr. Hazel Barton




Ionizing radiation causes DNA deMethylation in mouse brain

Darryl S. Watkins

, Marc S. Mendonca


, Amy Lossie


, and (Feng C. Zhou

1, 3,5)




Follow Your Passion

“It's both a challenge and a thrill. Nothing feels

better than going searching for a fact, digging through

tons of material then finding it. I can lose myself for

hours in a library or archives. Really, I'm not kidding.

The time just flies by and only when my stomach growls

and the sun begins its final daily descent do I clue to the

fact it's time to go home.”


“Creative Problem Solving” through transmissible culture is a Basic Human Trait


Understanding the Evolutionary Time-scale


Linear views of human evolution


Human Evolutionary “Bush”


Humans and Their Tools



habilis and the first technological revolution


The Earliest Stone Tools:

Were associated with Homo habilis,

a creature with a markedly

Increased brain to body size.

The tool tradition is called



The cut marks on this

Bone fragment from

A Homo



Homo erectus site are on top

of the tooth marks of



Research Question: How do

we take a carcass from a



Nearly 2 million years ago

A “new” species,


erectus was well

Established in Africa: These

Populations appear to have

Been well adapted to tropical

Environments judging by

Their body-build. They also

Show markedly larger brains

Than predecessors, and

produce a new “advanced”

Tool technology based

On “hand axes: : the



Research Question: How do

we survive in

varied environments?


“What does it mean to be human: Dependence on Technology and Creative Problem Solving?”

Homo erectus

( 1 million BP) spread over much of the world use a stone technology



“What does it mean to be human: A Symbolic Life?” “How do we survive in an Ice Age environment”?

Neanderthals (75,000 BP) buried their dead.

Seemed to care for injured and elderlyMade music


Homo sapiens – we are only recently arrived: (100,000-60,000 BP) How do we survive massive climate change?

Homo sapiens, our species appeared fairly recently and did so on the

basis of an expanded technology, artistic and symbolic expression

We were creatively solving problems created by the great climate changes of the ice age.


AMH Tool Kits

Human Evolution Coloring Book


AMH Diaspora


Population Growth and Cultural Change



Homo sapiens:

Modern Humans Have More Technology and Greater Range of Cultural Expression than previous speciesMore dependent on creative problem solving than ever


Humans are Unique in Possessing Language

Language is the cornerstone of all human problem solving.

The Oxford Dictionaries

list over 170,000 unique words

There are 40,000 words the Oxford lists as “obsolete) thus, language is always changing

Indeed nearly half of the words in the dictionary are nouns (names of things) and only a seventh (21,000) are verbs.

Note that 170,000 words can be combined into a nearly infinite number of


Language allows for the accumulation of human experience



Information Growth is Exponential

The world's technological capacity to store information grew from 2.6 (optimally compressed) exabytes in 1986 to 15.8 in 1993, over 54.5 in 2000, and to 295 (optimally compressed) exabytes in 2007. “An1 EB = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000In comparison to human language it has been claimed that "all words ever spoken by human beings" could be stored in approximately 5 exabytes of data


Futurists Envision Augmented Human Intelligence in Your Lifetimes

“Kurzweil predicts that by midcentury people

will augment their minds and bodies with genetic alterations, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence


Futurists Envision Augmented Human Intelligence in Your Lifetimes

But Kurzweil also predicts that machine

intelligence will be infinitely more powerful than all human intelligence combined. This will represent a transformative event bigger than anything since the first use of tools by humans.


Futurists Envision Augmented Human Intelligence in Your Lifetimes


technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of superintelligence through technological means.[1] Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the technological singularity is seen as an occurrence beyond which events cannot be predicted.


Our Power to Solve Problems is Improving

E.O. Wilson, the Noble Prize winning biologist

predicts a “Consilience” of old disciplines into new more meaningful disciplines as powerful collaborations develop between biological science, social sciences and humanities.


innovation is currently occurring in



Your generation will have exceptional opportunities

and tools to save the world.


Think of the Challenges!

Ending Poverty

Dealing with Climate Change and Conservation

Curing Cancer


Finding intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe

Finding a sustainable energy source

Ending human violence


Thank You!

Thank the CRL staff – especially your program leaders for organizing and managing an eventful summer

Special thanks to the mentors who have provided our students with the many unique opportunities that we will highlight during our upcoming poster event

Thanks to each of you for spending your summer engaged in “poking

and prying with a purpose.”

Remember to stay in touch with CRL



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