At most colleges, it’s hard for undergraduates to get their names in academic publications. Professors usually collaborate with graduate students on research projects or reserve authorship for themselves.
But at FSC, thanks to an emphasis on experiential learning and a program now in its tenth year, faculty members are working with students to conduct research and include them in the credit. The Faculty-Student Collaboration initiative at Florida Southern, a summer research program, is administered by Dr. Mary Crowe, Associate Provost for Experiential Education. Students must apply to the program, which pays a modest stipend to the students and the faculty and also pays for supplies and travel, if necessary.
“Summer is when faculty members are more available to work with students. It’s a way for students to get experience in their academic discipline. In the sciences and the humanities, the work prepares them for graduate school. Getting students’ research published in peer-reviewed publications is huge,” Crowe said.
Here are three of the six projects carried out last summer.