Learning Outcomes & Undergraduate Research Statistics

Undergraduate Research Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Research Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and utilize relevant previous work that supports their research
  • Articulate a timely and important research question or creative objective
  • Identify and utilize appropriate methodologies to address the research question or creative objective
  • Meet the relevant field’s standards for the responsible conduct of research, and effectively navigate challenges that arise in the research process
  • Work collaboratively with other researchers, demonstrating effective communication and problem-solving skills
  • Present the research effectively in a conference setting and a written publication
  • Reflect constructively on their research experience, identifying what was learned, personal strengths and opportunities for growth, and how the experience informs their future educational and career goals

Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan

1. Data Collection and Analysis
Student Self-Report Data: As a condition of acceptance of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities program (UROP) award, a small grant, or a travel grant, students agree to complete an online ‘final report’ of the experience. They are asked to indicate the extent to which they agree that their undergraduate research experience has helped them to meet each of the learning outcomes. Response options are: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree, Strongly Agree. In addition, students who apply for the Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (usually in their final semester before graduation) are asked to indicate the extent to which they agree that their undergraduate research experience has helped them to meet each of the learning outcomes.

Faculty Mentor Report Data: Faculty mentors are also asked to complete a final report; they are asked to indicate the extent to which they agree that “through participation in UROP this semester under your mentorship”, the student has met each of the learning outcomes.

We calculate proportion ‘agree’ scores for each of our learning outcomes.

2. Data Reporting
We post Learning Outcomes Assessment Reports on this page each semester, and report summary statistics in the Annual Report.

3. How does the data inform change?
We use learning outcomes data in our annual program review process to determine the extent to which students involved in these programs achieve our learning outcomes. To the extent that students do not meet the learning outcomes, we adjust our programs accordingly. By virtue of asking students and their faculty mentors to interact with our learning outcomes via the final reports detailed above, we enjoy the additional benefit of communicating our values and goals as an office to our stakeholders. Thus, the learning outcomes assessment process in and of itself has the ability to effect positive change.

 

Assessment Reports

2017 Spring Office of Undergraduate Research Assessment Report

2016 Spring Learning Outcomes Report – UROP

2015 Fall Learning Outcomes Report – UROP

2015 Summer Learning Outcomes Report – UROP

 

Undergraduate Research Leaders Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Research Leaders Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and address existing gaps in education/experience for students (selves and peers)
  • Work collaboratively with other student leaders, demonstrating effective communication and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate high-quality advising skills – communicate effectively with a variety of audiences; identify and articulate effective approach to communication according to individual advisees’ needs; articulate research/project/program specific knowledge clearly to advisees; be sensitive to advisees’ personal information; support advisees in achieving OUR learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate leadership and professional skills requisite for future academic and professional pursuits (e.g., peer review of grant/award applications)

Data Collection and Analysis

Self-report data:  One of the features of participating in the Undergraduate Research Leaders program is that Leaders create a Learning Portfolio as they participate in the program.  This portfolio gives them an opportunity to reflect on their development throughout the program.  The Leaders’ Learning Portfolios will help us track their professional development, leadership skill development, progress with communication skills and collaborative efforts, as well as their perception of their preparation for further academic and professional pursuits.  The Leaders will also be asked to answer a brief survey at the end of the academic year that indicates the extent to which they agree that their Leaders experience has helped them to meet each of the learning outcomes. Response options are: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree, Strongly Agree.

OUR Staff Report Data: The Undergraduate Research Advisor tracks the Leaders’ contributions to the Undergraduate Research Education Series (in terms of the topic, timeliness, and execution of the addition), suggestions for and completion of professional development events, and holds regular meetings with the Leaders about their progress through the program.  At the end of the academic year, the Advisor conducts a reflective interview with each Leader to gauge their progress and provide feedback to the Leader about that progress.

 

Undergraduate Research Statistics

How many University of Utah students are involved in undergraduate research? A primary goal of the Office of Undergraduate Research during the AY 2015-2016 is to refine our ability to answer this question! Please check back as we continually update this section.

Office of Undergraduate Research Programs

Here are some statistics from AY 2015-2016:

  • 492 UROP Scholar Awards
  • 351 Student presentations at the Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • 167 Student presentations at UCUR/NCUR
  • 117 Student works published in the Undergraduate Research Journal
  • 49 Travel Grants & 36 Small Grants awarded
  • 157 students earned the URSD
  • 15 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Researcher Awardees
  • 1028 attendees at 33 Undergraduate Research Education Series Events
  • 322 Undergraduate Research Advising Appointments

Research-Intensive Courses

Please visit this page to learn more about Research-Intensive Courses at the University of Utah.

Undergraduate Student Research-Related Employment

Undergraduate students are employed as researchers and research assistants all over campus. We are working to identify the students involved in research-related employment for the purpose of supporting them and their employers. If you are an undergraduate student working in a research-related position on campus, or if you hire undergraduate students in these types of positions, please contact us so that we can support you!