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Research Courses Panel Discussion

Research and student surveys attest to the benefit of mentored student research as an excellent teaching and learning opportunity. Yet much undergraduate research takes place through independent fellowships, lab work, and capstone projects without structured coursework and class meetings.

This webpage for teachers includes material, samples, and constructive suggestions for involving students in research through courses. The material was provided by participants in a panel discussion during the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy's Focus on Teaching and Learning event, January 9th, 2014. The video below includes audio from the discussion as well as a screen capture of the computer during the presentation. You will need LUC permissions to view the video.

Goals in Planning a Research Course

Questions to Consider

Contributors and Contributions
Robert Lombardo, Criminal Justice, Associate Professor (rlombar@luc.edu)
Dr. Robert Lombardo, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, draws from his experience teaching CRMJ 352, in which students interviewed gang members and worked in groups to produce a 50 page research report on one specific gang. Below, Dr. Lombardo has shared a PowerPoint presentation on involving undergraduates in research through course work, and his CRMJ 352 syllabus, both of which can be viewed in fullscreen.


Stacy Neier, Quinlan School of Business-Marketing, Instructor (sneier@luc.edu)
Quinlan instructor Stacy Neier teaches two research-based courses, MARK311 in which students conduct group research projects for the Chicago Lights Festival, and BNHR353 in which students work in pairs to outline and execute a research question and methodology on a topic of their choosing. Below, she has shared one infographic produced by a student research group and her MARK311 syllabus, both of which can be viewed fullscreen.

Lane Vail, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Research Associate (lvail@luc.edu)
Lane Vail, Research Associate at the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, teaches the IES’s innovative Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) Courses, which follow a strategic education model. Below, Lane has shared three documents from a recent STEP course, ENVS 350: Food Systems. These documents include the course syllabus, a project overview that outlines how students will conduct a research project, and a worksheet to help students plan their research projects. All can be viewed in fullscreen.


Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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