Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Iteration One
Iteration 1: January 2011-September 2012
In 2010, six projects were identified and funded for VSU's First Iteration of its QEP, Undergraduate Engagement in Discipline-Based Inquiry. These projects are listed below.
- Project 1: “Cutting Edge Cancer Research with Undergraduates” involves an innovative project with students working on microbial amplification chambers and marine natural products. The project incorporates elements of marine science, oceanography, chemistry, microbiology, medicinal chemistry, and instrumentation to provide students with a unique interdisciplinary research opportunity. The project utilizes a research group approach with a pyramid structure of two or three senior chemistry majors each working with a small group of juniors and sophomores, all working under the guidance of the faculty mentor.
- Project 2: “Summer Archival Field Experience” involves a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in an intensive archival summer research experience at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on America’s oldest military base. Summer research experiences are a hallmark of university efforts to promote undergraduate research. At the heart of this project is a faculty mentor guiding undergraduates through the professional research process as the students work in archives on original research projects.
- Project 3: The final project from the College of Arts and Sciences, “Investigating Social Inequalities of Hispanic Immigrants through the U.S.‐Mexico Borderland Experience,” engages undergraduates from the social sciences in an interdisciplinary, experiential research program along the U.S.‐Mexico border. The project provides the opportunity for students to study globalization, diverse communities, and the social construction of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Students will also conduct similar qualitative research with Hispanic migrant farm workers in South Georgia.
- Project 4: “Preparing Scholars of Tomorrow to Effectively Analyze Language Sample Data for Parent‐Child Turn Taking” involves a dynamic opportunity for undergraduate students to collect and analyze language samples of child‐parent dyads. Undergraduates from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will investigate research questions regarding communicative turn‐taking opportunities within the everyday routines of young children, the effects of turn‐taking on language development, and the construct validity of language sampling analysis techniques.
- Project 5: “Evidence‐Based Practice Strategies for Nursing and Health Care” places undergraduates with nurse researchers in clinical settings. Because evidence‐based nursing has evolved into the standard for nursing practice, the hallmark of excellence in clinical practice, this Discipline‐Based Inquiry Project provides a rich opportunity for undergraduate students to generate evidence‐based clinical questions and to collaborate with nurses and other health care professionals involved in clinical research projects.
- Project 6: “Discovering Unrealized Generational Differences in Kitchen Design Preferences Between Next Generation Interior Designers and Current Resident‐Users” builds upon the studio experience of interior design students by teaching them to critically examine their own assumptions when designing. The project promotes exploration of the differences between kitchen layouts in assisted living facility residences designed by interior design undergraduate students and the layouts designed by residents of the assisted living facilities.