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Activity Number: 232 - Undergraduate Research in Statistics
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #305320 Presentation
Title: Moving Beyond Classroom Projects to Guided Research
Author(s): Shonda Kuiper*
Companies: Grinnell College
Keywords: undergraduate research; collaboration; game-based learning; statistical practice

Typically, undergraduate research consists of full-time summer or semester experiences, where a small number of students are directly mentored by trained researchers and professors. Unfortunately, these types of authentic research experiences are expensive and time consuming to develop and maintain. Following exemplars in educational research in the natural and social sciences, we are extending the benefits of undergraduate research that typically occurs in somewhat elite institutional settings to significantly more students by embedding research-like experiences into standard courses. Using pedagogies specifically designed to limit faculty workload, students have input on their own individualized research question, collect data, clean data, build appropriate models, assess their models, and communicate the results to their peers. We discuss the distinction between class projects and research experiences, as well as how we have developed adaptations that make research accessible within a classroom environment.

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