Undergraduate Research – Annual Report

ANNUAL R E PORT | 2020

OFF I CE OF UNDE RGRADUATE R ESEARCH

TH E VI S I ON

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach will be an internationally recognized center for excellence in undergraduate research, innovation and scholarship, especially in the fields of aviation/aerospace, science and engineering, where every student engages in scholarly learning throughout their academic careers.

TH E M I SS I ON

To provide a diverse set of opportunities for all undergraduate students to enhance their education through engagement in research, inquiry, innovation and/or other scholarly projects.

TH E OBJ ECT IVES

To help students: • Apply critical thinking, ethics and information analyses in decision-making processes. • Understand the nature of research, investigation and scholarship. • Utilize discipline-based inquiry skills in their communities to create or understand new knowledge.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

TH E TEAM

Wes Lewis, Director Vacant, Associate Director Liz Payne, Business Manager Katie Kirkpatrick, Beyond Student Editor Katya Rivera, Social Media Assistant

OUR AMBASSADORS

Andrew Caputo Umul Banin Jafri Andy Kurli Justin Lawlor Nicholas McGuire Shlok Misra

Pradhan Nihal Hannah Skeen

OUR PE E R MENTORS

Jenny Ban Karen Carlos Andy Kurili Suyash Lahoti Danayit Mekonnen Abigail Park

Nihal Pradhan Urara Takano

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STUDENT PROGRAMS

The Office of Undergraduate Research is committed to providing dynamic, engaging and high-impact programs and events that allow students to gain exposure, experience and expertise in a variety of types of research, scholarship and inquiry.

Such programs include:

• Virtual Discovery Day Research Symposium • Fall Student Research Symposium • Florida Posters at the Capitol • Florida Undergraduate Research Conference • IGNITE Research Grants • National Conference on Undergraduate Research • One-on-One Coaching

• OUR Ambassadors • OUR Peer Mentors

• Research Abroad • Research Scholars • Spark Conference Travel Grants • Student Workshop Series • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

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BY TH E NUMB E RS

$ 66K

$ 44K +

IGNITE Grant Funds Awarded

Spark Grant Funds Awarded

54 35

Total Virtual Discovery Day Presentations

Total Fall Student Research Symposium Posters

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

Grant Applications Received 119

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Summer Fellows

13

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FL Posters at the Capitol Student Attendees

Accepted NCUR Attendees

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MENTOR I NG + DEVE LOPMENT

Mentors play a vital role in providing opportunity, guidance and advice to their students. In working together on a research endeavor, students learn how to act as colleagues and navigate academic and industry networks, develop skills first-hand, apply classroom knowledge to solve real-world problems and shape their passion and career trajectory. The Office of Undergraduate Research encourages strong mentor-mentee relationships and supports the development of mentors in a growing number of ways.

• Faculty Mentor of the Year Award • Face-to-face workshop • One-on-One mentor coaching • CUR conference/institute support • CUR faculty membership

Faculty Mentors: 53

Review Committee Members: 18

One-on-One Coaching Sessions: 5

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STRATEG I C PLAN ACCOMPL I SHMENTS

The 2019-2020 academic year marked the last of our three-year strategic plan that transitioned us to a hub of innovation, inquiry, research and scholarship with an emphasis on four primary themes: superior research and innovation, engagement and outreach, assessment and effectiveness, and interdisciplinary collaboration and communication. The strategic plan utilizes 57 benchmark activities supporting 30 initiatives. Of these benchmarks, 84% were exceeded or achieved. A few of these accomplishments include: • Took four students to inaugural Florida Poster’s at the Capitol. • Received 14 student manuscripts to Beyond and established a graduate student editorial board. • Hosted 58 presentations for Virtual Discovery Day with site visitors from 44 countries. • Awarded to host 2020 Florida Undergraduate Research Association’s Virtual Fall Statewide Symposium. • Fostered strong partnerships enhancing experiential learning across campus, including projects with Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Living-Learning Communities, Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships, and Honors Program. • Launched a graduate school preparatory workshop series.

LOOKI NG AH EAD

• Implementing 2020-2023 Strategic Plan • Launching the Discover Research Pre-Orientation Program • Expanding Fall Student Research Symposium and Discovery Day oral presentations and poster session events. • Hosting the 2020 Florida Undergraduate Research Association Virtual Fall Statewide Symposium. • Launching the partnership with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

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