Experiences in which students undertake significant research projects using the methods of their chosen discipline.
College has long recognized the value of undergraduate research as an excellent
extension of traditional classroom pedagogy. Such research leads to an enhanced
and more practical understanding of professional methods and fields of study
appropriate to the various academic disciplines. In some cases, research may
result in the discovery of previously unknown information. In many instances,
however, the pedagogical value of such research lies as much in the methods
used as in the results obtained. The primary objective is that the project be
substantial (in breadth, scope, scale, maturity, effort, and time involved),
and that research methods of the chosen discipline be learned and demonstrated.
Odyssey research project, whether curricular or extracurricular, whether
on-campus or off-campus, must be conducted under the supervision of a Hendrix
faculty member in the field of study related to the research in question. The
faculty supervisor must be consulted in the planning stages of the research and
frequently throughout the duration of the project. Faculty supervisors of
undergraduate research projects not only attend to the quality of a student’s
research in the discipline but also, as appropriate, help the student use the
experience to explore his or her potential as a researcher or other
professional in the field of study.
dissemination is a crucial part of the research experience, all Odyssey
research must be presented to the public in an appropriate manner through, for
example, presentation at professional meetings, publications, or by means of
on-campus venues. Individual departments will determine the way by which
student research projects in that discipline achieve public presentation.
of research experiences that may qualify for Odyssey credit include, but are
not limited to, participation in courses that have research as the primary
component, participation in senior capstone experiences where research is a
significant part of the capstone requirement, or enrollment in independent
studies or off-campus experiences the principal focus of which is research.
research proposal must be prepared for student-initiated projects, as
delineated in this Odyssey Program Guide. For off-campus projects, the Hendrix
faculty supervisor will ensure that the student will be an active participant
in a high-quality research project, and that the student has acquired a solid
theoretical and practical understanding of that project.
of experiential learning activities that might fulfill this category:
Courses with a UR coding require research that is substantial and typical of
the particular discipline.
ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES. There are some course experiences that, under certain
circumstances, may qualify for UR Odyssey credit even though such courses are
not UR coded. Examples of such experiences could be independent studies with an
extensive research component or class assignments (modules) that in individual
cases expand to the point where they are worthy of UR Odyssey credit.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. Examples of
appropriate projects which might be included in this category include research
conducted either at Hendrix under the direction of a faculty member or
conducted primarily off-campus. Dissemination of the research results and
supervision by a Hendrix faculty member are both required for summer and
off-campus research projects.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR UR PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
carefully any laboratory facilities, supplies or equipment that you will need
for your project.
be safety issues (chemical, human or animal subjects, radiation, etc.) that
must be addressed prior to beginning the research. Be sure to contact the
proper safety officials, discuss the proposal with them, and obtain clearance
In order to
receive Odyssey credit, your research results must be presented in a public
forum, either on- or off-campus. Specify your plan for presenting your research
in your proposal. Also note that a reflection activity may be encouraged for