Contributed Paper C278In session C3B (Monday 9th, 16:00-17:30, Level 2 - Seminar Room 1)
Cultivating Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research in Applied Statistics
AuthorsDavid Holmes (George Mason University, USA)
Elizabeth Johnson (George Mason University, USA)
PresenterDavid Holmes (United States)
Undergraduate research is considered to be one of the most beneficial educational practices. George Mason University promotes and supports undergraduate research activities through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR). In this paper we will describe three ways that students can receive financial support and/or academic credits for projects in addition to developing their professional and analytical skills in areas of statistics. One approach is for students to find a project and a mentor then apply in a competitive field for OSCAR funding. Another is for faculty to advertise for undergraduate research assistantships supported by OSCAR. Finally, receiving research funding for projects integrated into the curriculum such as capstone courses. An interdisciplinary case study involving Statistics and Literature will be discussed.