UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAMS

The first column below suggests some questions that mentors might want to probe students on during their initial intake interviews. The second column shows the outcome(s) (from the outcomes rubric) to which the questions are tied and is meant to be used as input (together with mentor probes of student answers to the student survey) to the mentor's preliminary (pre-research) assessment of the student on the relevant outcomes. Mentors could legitimately ignore some or all of these questions and focus entirely on probing student answers to the student survey as a way to develop preliminary assessments. Alternatively, mentors should be encouraged to adapt these questions and/or add questions of their own devising, provided that they are explicit (and keep a record) about the relationship of each question to one or more outcomes listed in the outcomes rubric.

 

 

Candidate Question

Relevant Outcome(s)

In your academic studies so far, what has interested you the most?

Intellectual development, Academic self-efficacy

What intellectual issues get your juices flowing?

Creativity, Academic self-efficacy, Critical thinking, Intellectual development

What book or article have you read recently, what was its main point, and what did you think of it?

Creativity, Critical thinking, Intellectual development

What do you think the main differences are between a useful, informative, exciting class and one that is sort of dull?

Academic self-efficacy, Critical thinking, Intellectual development

Do you work part time? If so, tell me something about that job and what the difference is between someone who does the job really well and someone who is not nearly as competent.

Critical thinking/problem-solving ability, Clarity of self-knowledge, Autonomy, Creativity, Ability to deal with obstacles

Do you do – or have you done – any volunteer work in the community? If so, what has that entailed and what do (did) you have to know and be able to do in order to be effective?

Critical thinking/problem-solving ability, Clarity of self-knowledge, Autonomy, Creativity, Ability to deal with obstacles