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2004-2006 Leadership Initiative Seminar
2005 PKAL LI Leadership Seminar: Research-Rich- University of Maryland Baltimore County; Baltimore, Maryland
October 7 - 9, 2005
Research with undergraduate students is a hallmark of strong 21st century learning communities. Its implementation improves instruction, increases the availability of instrumentation for research and learning, and enhances the attractiveness of the institutional environment to faculty and students alike.
- What are the institutional and departmental characteristics that nurture undergraduate research? What resources, facilities, and financial support are required to develop or maintain the infrastructure for research?
- Can institutions with limited resources hope to engage their faculty in significant research? Are there limitations on research that is conducted at undergraduate institutions?
- What are the national/regional sources of funding for research and instrumentation acquisition? When does off-campus research benefit institutional development?
- Does research, as it is practiced at
undergraduate institutions, compete with or enhance the teaching
mission? What are the curricular designs that enhance opportunities for
- Does the present and projected future job
market influence the urgency for implementation of undergraduate
- How do new opportunities and the changing context-
scientific advances that dissolve disciplinary boundaries, the
increasing visibility of the global science communities- influence the
planning and assessing of the research-rich learning environment?
Using the University of Maryland Baltimore County story as a model of success, this leadership seminar will address building a research-rich undergraduate environment to capture and sustain student interest in the sciences and mathematics. By "research-rich," we mean an environment where learning is active, hands-on, experiential, and research-based from the very first courses for all students to capstone courses for majors. As with all Leadership Seminars, PKAL will be addressing the individual and team leadership skills necessary to design and sustain research-rich learning environments.