UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAMS

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Dear Student:
Please complete the following survey and submit it to your faculty mentor before June 1. Please be brief. We do not expect long responses to any of the questions. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, so please just respond to the best of your ability. Our purpose in posing the questions is to help us understand as much as possible about your views, expectations, interests, knowledge and skills, so that your mentor can be best positioned to assist you in your work. If you are completely stumped by a question, contact J. Singer (singerjk@buffalostate.edu). Your answers will be available only to your faculty mentor, Jill Singer, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and an independent program evaluator, all of whom will respect your confidentiality. Your responses will not be shared with administrators or any other faculty at BSC. Thank you.


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Name of Faculty Mentor


Email address of Faculty Mentor


Why did you decide to do an undergraduate research project?




Briefly describe a challenge you have faced in your academic or personal life and tell us what you did about it.




Describe the process by which you decided on your research topic. What ideas, literature, people, and/or academic experiences informed your decision?




In what special or unique ways do you think scholars in the discipline of your research project view the world? What do you think they would most value as a genuine contribution to their field?




What do you think will be the outcome(s) of your research and in what way(s) do you think your research will add to existing knowledge in your field?




Discuss briefly what you know about the research process, what you are uncertain about, and what you think you have left to learn. Describe the process by which you hope to generate reliable new information bearing on your research topic.




Do you expect to find a specific outcome as a result of your research, more than one possible outcome, or findings that are ambiguous? Why?




What strengths do you bring to this project and what uncertainties, if any, do you have about undertaking the project?




How do you see your faculty mentor's role and your own role in the project?




What would you do if you encounter an unexpected problem in your research and it is not obvious how to proceed?




How might you assess the value of your research project if the outcome is not what you expected, the outcome is ambiguous, or you were unable to realize your project goals?




What is an example of an ethical dilemma that could arise in the type of research you will be conducting? How would you proceed if such a dilemma should arise in your own research project?




Please describe your current academic and work career plans. How will this research project be relevant to those plans?




What, in sum, do you already know about the topic of your research project? What do you still have left to learn?




Describe how scholars in your field communicate results, how you might share your research findings with others in your field, and how, as a scholar, you will be contributing to your discipline.




On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the lowest score and 5 the highest, rate the degree to which you think you currently manage your time efficiently in your studies.:
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On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the lowest score and 5 the highest, tell us how meticulous you now are in keeping records of your academic work.:
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In thinking about the research project you are about to begin, what concerns you the most?


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