A National Examination of Undergraduate Educational Research

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Kymberly Harris
Juliann McBrayer
Steven Toman
Katherine Fallon


This quantitative study utilized secondary data collection from the abstract archive of the National Council of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), an organization devised to promote scholarly, creative, and collaborative research with undergraduate students. Descriptive statistics determined that 90% of the research projects involved primary data, 71% was collected within P-12 communities, research was represented nationally, with predominance in eastern regions, and 17% of projects were mentored by faculty conducting research from a Carnegie classified R1 ranked institution. These results provide an explicit understanding into research currently being conducted at the undergraduate level and seek to spark interest in further collaborative projects to promote undergraduate research.

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