Program

Proposals for Undergraduate Research Invited

The Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program curators invite proposals from undergraduates to pursue research or artistry projects alongside a VCSU faculty mentor of their choosing. Past projects include: Justin Tangen, with Dr. Andre Delorme, on: Using Side Scanning Sonar to Detect Mussel Beds in North Dakota Rivers Callie Smith with Dr. Kathryn Woehl, on: The Impact of Personal Experience in the Effects of an Empathy-Building Simulation Baylee Swenson and Jordan Bushaw with Professor Susan Pfeifer, on: The Effects of Motion Sickness in Virtual Reality Environments Sarah Zacher with Dr. Steven King, on: Uncovering the Silent Voices of the…

Request for Proposals for March 10, 2020

The Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program invites you to submit a proposal to conduct research alongside your favorite faculty member. The work that you propose should be significant and advanced, generally requiring 100 hours of effort. In exchange, you will set foot on a path of discovery, have available $250 for supplies, and earn $1,000. Start by having a look at what other VCSU students have done in past works, particularly the project abstracts so as to get a sense of scope, peruse a few sample proposals, and finally review the scoring rubric that our project reviewers will use…

2020 Request for Project Proposals

Have you been working on an idea that deserves more careful systematic development? The Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program at VCSU is a faculty driven mechanism to encourage undergraduates to engage in innovative research or creative artistry projects. Twice annually a call for proposals is broadcast to students inviting their identification of a faculty mentor and the submission of a five page proposal outlining their idea and work plan which can extend over a period of one year. Just after the proposal deadline of midnight on November 1st, the SOAR Advisory Council will evaluate the submitted project proposals…

Student’s SOAR Proposals due March 18, 2019

Five SOAR awards are available for project work during the upcoming summer and/or fall semesters, each providing a $250 materials budget and a stipend of $1,000. Grappling with the details of a complex problem, refining techniques from similar works, innovating solutions, then reporting discoveries is at the essence of the research and artistry that the SOAR program supports. VCSU faculty, many with national and international reputation encourage you to explore the possible, and we invite inquiries on partnering on your research or artistry project. Generally project work extends through a semester, possibly the school year, students working say five or six…

Student Opportunities for Academic Research

The SOAR program supports faculty-mentored research, artistry, and creativity projects for undergraduates at VCSU. Students interested in pursuing mentored research or artistry should consult with a prospective faculty member on the project idea, then work together on the development of a short proposal that communicates the essence and scope of the intended work, submitting that proposal by either March 10th or November 1st of each year. Working alongside a faculty mentor, being paid $1000, and $250 for expenses is a proven recipe for discovery! For perspective on what other students have worked on, review the titles and abstracts of projects…

Why Participate?

Making the most of your undergraduate experience at VCSU entails beating through the hard classes, building relationships, celebrating yours and your friends successes, and possibly, participating in what educators call a “High Impact Learning Practice.”  These include conducting research with a faculty mentor, traveling abroad to study for a semester, or partnering with other students on completing a selected sequence of courses. Conducting research as an undergraduate is really a different type of “classroom” experience, its one that is necessarily hands-on, highly interactive with faculty, and more often than not pursuing a solution to one of your own problems or…

Request for Proposals Due in March 10, 2018

Student Opportunities for Undergraduate Research (SOAR) To encourage undergraduate research and creative activities on the VCSU campus, funding has been set aside for research projects via the VCSU SOAR program. Via proposal, students can request up to $1,250 ($1,000 in salary for the student and $250 for expenses). Proposals should be written in consultation with a Faculty mentor,  these exemplar proposals providing a framework. To ensure your project has the highest evaluation, consult the SOAR Scoring Rubric to know what items to emphasize in your writing. Review the guidelines and application form and guidelines,  exemplar proposals previously submitted, and the full listing…

Request for Proposals, Deadline November 1, 2017

Student Opportunities for Undergraduate Research (SOAR) To encourage undergraduate research on the VCSU campus, funding has been set aside for projects via the VCSU SOAR program. The total dollars that can be requested per proposal may not exceed $1,250 (maximum of $1,000 in salary for the student plus a maximum of $250 for expenses). Proposals for projects should be written in consultation with a Faculty mentor that you select.  Please consult the SOAR Scoring Rubric to know what items to emphasize in your writing. For application form and guidelines, please visit: http://soar.vcsu.edu/?page_id=14 Exemplar proposals submitted previously at VCSU can be…

SOAR Program Fall Update

Rare is the scholarly activity that is more intellectually rewarding than research; driven by inquiry, discovery unfolds for the student who practices independence, ethics, and grit, a principle feature: development of a skill set that will be continuously beneficial to all involved. Annually, the SOAR program solicits student interest to work with VCSU faculty of their choosing on scholarly and creative works of significance, project effort estimated at 100 hours, remuneration $1,000 with an additional $250 allowed for research materials. Interested students participate by identifying a faculty mentor to vet their ideas, develop a short proposal that is submitted to…

Program Reflections from the Director

Today we celebrate the activities of our students who have engaged full-tilt in hands-on research and artistry prompting  imagination, innovation, challenge, and discovery! There are two key traits of the  undergraduate researcher: critical thinking and communication: There are two key traits of the most employable graduates: critical thinking and communication. Undergraduate Research alongside Artistry is a high impact learning practice that is well proven for its influence on students, but it’s not the only effective learning practice: you’ve heard of study abroad, learning communities, common reading programs, and suggest as a tractable goal for ALL VCSU alumni, that they look…

Dissemination, a Key Attribute

High impact learning practices such as SOAR are proven strategies for discovery, retention, and could become a component to recruiting students to academic programs at VCSU. A goal of the SOAR program is to showcase the evolving culture of research, artistry, and scholarship that is integral to the student experience at VCSU. All student work will be presented as a poster at a gala in the Spring of each year at VCSU.  Selected works will be presented at regional events. With exemplar work faculty mentors will encourage publication in journals such as the American Journal of Undergraduate Research, and influence participation…