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    Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning in Human Sciences, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Human Ecology:  A Model Program for Land-Grant Institutions

    NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: This project targets the need to broaden the undergraduate student experience through the establishment of an undergraduate research and service-learning program in the human sciences. The need to develop new student learning opportunities where students are placed in team-oriented, problem-solving, decision-making situations in the context of real-world experiences has been identified as a priority area, particularly for human sciences/family consumer sciences professionals. Moreover, this project targets the needs area of student experiential learning through undergraduate research, service learning, and mentoring activities to develop effective scholars and leaders.

    It has been stated that making research the standard for undergraduate education would turn the prevailing undergraduate culture of receivers into a culture of inquirers. The goal is to create an environment where undergraduates will become passionate questioners, critical thinkers, and contributors to the body of knowledge in the human sciences. This proposal expects to: (1) make research and service learning experiences available to more undergraduate students, particularly those in human ecology, throughout their undergraduate education; (2) provide opportunities for undergraduate students to develop leadership, critical thinking, and research skills; (3) provide undergraduate students with opportunities for presentation and publication of their research results; and (4) facilitate more undergraduate student initiatives in developing and conducting research projects or completing service-learning projects.

    FUNDING:  NIFA - Capacity Building Grant

    CONTACT:  Dr. Nina Bennett, Acting Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology, nlbennett@umes.edu