Undergraduate Education Program

Reed College

Dena Hutto
Portland, OR
$150,000
December 2012

At Reed College and nationwide, undergraduates struggle with many aspects of the research process, from the early stages of framing a research topic to presenting their analyses and ideas in various forms. Reed is known for providing its students with coursework and research opportunities often identified with graduate-level work at other colleges and universities. This project’s goal is to build a bridge from first-year introductory courses to the competencies students will need to conduct senior-level thesis research in their disciplines. To reach this academic level, students must be able to understand the scholarly literature within a field of research, incorporate existing literature into original presentation and writing, and work with primary source material such as data. Through this project, a team of computing and information services and library staff members will address these issues and help students develop these skills in mid-level courses by focusing on four essential areas: (1) Exploring, saving, and citing scholarly literature; (2) Enhancing learning through portability and collaboration; (3) Working with data; and (4) Visualization and presentation.

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