Office of Undergraduate Research | Annual Report 2018-2019

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T H E V I S I O N

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.

T H E M I S S I O N

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.

T H E O B J E C T I V E S

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.

T H E T E A M

Kadie Hayward Mullins, Ed.D. | Director Wesley Lewis | Associate Director Natalie Downey | Office Coordinator Marlis D’Souza | Graduate Assistant

O U R A M B A S S A D O R S

Andy Kurli Nihal Pradhan Zachary White

Michael Conway Deanna DeMattio Christopher Hays Naia Butler-Craig

P E E R M E N T O R S

Sergio Alvarez Naia Butler-Craig

Andy Kurli Gensis Vargas

R E S E A R C H S C H O L A R S Spring 2019 Inaugural Class

Amanda Saunders Michael Shekari Courtney Thurston

Naia Butler-Craig Deanna DeMattio Emily Jannace Austin ‘AJ’ Ogle Daniel Oldham Emily Rickel

Collin Topolski Daniel Weber Jaclyn Wiley

S T U D E N T P R O G R A M S

The Office of Undergraduate Research is committed to providing a wide-array of high-impact programs and events through which students gain exposure, experience, and expertise in a variety of types of research, scholarship, and inquiry. Each year, new programs are developed and existing programs are refined and grow. Such programs include: • Beyond Undergraduate Research Journal and Peer Review Board • Discovery Day Research Symposium • Fall Student Research Symposium • Florida Undergraduate Research Conference • Ignite Research Grants • Innovation Week • National Conference on Undergraduate Research • One-on-One Coaching • OUR Ambassadors • Peer Mentoring • Research Abroad • Research Scholars Program • Spark Equipment Grants • Spark Conference Travel Grants • Student Council for Undergraduate Research • Student Innovation Awards • Student Researcher of the Year Award • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships • Virtual Learning Center • Workshop Series

S T U D E N T P R O G R A M S B Y T H E N U M B E R S

FY 18-19 IGNITE GRANT FUNDS AWARDED $ 60K + STUDENT INTERNAL GRANTS $ 25K AWARDED

FY 19-20 IGNITE GRANT FUNDS AWARDED $ 65K +

SPARK GRANT FUNDS AWARDED $ 56K + DISCOVERY DAY PRESENTERS/AUTHORS 178 RESEARCH ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS 12

86

TOTAL DISCOVERY DAY POSTERS

DISCOVERY DAY PRARTICIPANTS 313

129

GRANT APPLICATIONS RECEVIED

RESEARCH SCHOLARS 12

FALL SRS POSTERS 22

11

SUMMER FELLOWS

15 9

NCUR ATTENDEES

FURC ATTENDEES

S T U D E N T D E M O G R A P H I C S + D ATA

82

INTERNATIONAL (8%) 35

TOTAL STUDENTS SERVED 432

FIRST GEN (18.9%) GRADUATE STUDENT (15%) 66

FEMALE (28.17%) 126

COLLEGES

AVIATION 48

57

ENGINEERING 315

8

ARTS & SCIENCES

BUSINESS

ETHNICITY

AAPI (6%) 26

AFRICAN AMERICAN (3.2%) 14 UNKNOWN/NOT REPORTED (8%) 62

HISPANIC/ LATINX (15%) 65

TWO OR MORE (3%) 13

WHITE (58.33%) 252

M E N T O R I N G + D E V E L O P M E N T

Faculty 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 and mentees in a growing number of ways. They include:

• Advisory Board • Center for Teaching

B Y T H E N U M B E R S

and Learning Excellence Partnerships for Course Redesign • Council on Undergraduate Research Conference/ Institute Support • Council on Undergraduate Research Memberships • Faculty Mentor of the Year Award • Face-to-face and livestreamed mentoring workshops • Grant Review Committees • Mentor Badging • One-on-One Mentor Coaching • Virtual Learning Center • Webinars

28 49 FACULTY MENTORS

WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

96 18 32

REVIEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS

ONE-ON-ONE COACHING SESSIONS

FACULTY BREAKFAST/ ADVISORY PARTICIPANTS

F A C U LT Y M E N T O R O F T H E Y E A R DR. KEVIN RIGBY – PROFESSOR OF AERONAUTICAL SCIENCE

S T U D E N T R E S E A R C H E R O F T H E Y E A R EMILY RICKEL

O U R S T R AT E G I C V I S I O N + L O O K I N G A H E A D

As the second year of our 2020 Strategic Plan comes to a close, it is a pleasure to report the achievement of over 97% of the established key performance indicators. From increased participation in various programs to improved training and development, the Office of Undergraduate Research continues to meet and exceed the many goals established towards achieving our vision. The OUR team is looking forward to transitioning the next phase of the strategic plan for undergraduate research. Already hard at work on its development, the Office of Undergraduate Research will launch the 2023 Strategic Plan (effective July 1, 2020) in Spring 2020. We will also launch the Discovery Scholars program, providing quality mentoring, engagement, and financial assistance for first generation, low income, and underrepresented students to promote the recruitment and retention of said populations while supporting the University’s strategic pillars of research and innovation, student success, development and alumni, and enrollment management. The program will begin with a research-focused pre-orientation program in Spring 2020. Leveraging the success of the 2018 Innovation Week, OUR will lead a committee of campus and community stakeholders in the 2nd Annual Innovation Week, featuring new and improved programming focused on solving ‘Wicked Problems,’ including the launch of the Community Innovation Awards. Modeled after the Student Innovation Awards, student teams will have the opportunity to work with community leaders to develop solutions to our community’s greatest challenges.

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