Intellectual Growth For Undergraduate Students: Evaluation Results From An Undergraduate Research Conference

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Sharyn J. Potter
Eleanor Abrams
Lisa Townson
Cameron Wake
Julie E. Williams

Keywords

Undergraduate research conference, student experience, evaluation

Abstract

We describe the development and evaluation of the university-wide, weeklong undergraduate research conference at the University of New Hampshire.  Despite increases nationally in the number of undergraduate research conferences (URC), there has been little research examining the social and educational impact of these events on student presenters. We describe the development and evaluation of the university-wide, weeklong URC at the University of New Hampshire. A survey administered to URC participants over a four year period revealed that research culminating in a presentation at the URC was one of the more influential events students experienced during their undergraduate years and students realized a high level of satisfaction from presenting at the URC.

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