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ERIC Number: ED404682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-25
Pages: 17
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Optimizing Student Research: Forming Partnerships with Undergraduate Honors Research Programs.
Voight, Phillip A.
Encouraging debaters to participate in undergraduate research enhances the quality of their undergraduate experience, increases debate student recruitment and retention, and favorably publicizes the benefits of training in forensics. The process of encouraging debaters to participate in undergraduate research does not come naturally, and must be formally integrated into squad practices and procedures. Three suggested methods are: (1) changing squad ethos from competition to skill development; (2) codifying squad evidence citation practices; and (3) promoting scholarly and field-related research. There are literally hundreds of undergraduate research opportunities available. Several major undergraduate research conferences exist, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Undergraduate Communication Honors Forum, DePauw National Undergraduate Honors Conference; National Student Success Conference, and the Mid-Continent Undergraduate Student Research Conference and Competition. Throughout their undergraduate careers, debaters should be encouraged to create a portfolio that contains copies of their research projects, writing samples, a list of debate awards they have received, narrative statements that summarize their academic and personal experiences, transcripts of their academic records, and an updated resume. The final stage in the undergraduate research process is revising and submitting students papers for publication. The next step is to encourage debaters to apply for competitive undergraduate scholarships and awards, such as Morris K. Udall Scholars, Canada-U.S. Environmental Studies Fulbright Grants, Gleitsman Foundation Awards, Truman Scholarships, National Security Education Program, Rhodes Scholarships, and Davies-Jackson Scholarship. Establishing a strong relationship between debate programs and undergraduate research is mutually beneficial. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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