The Students as Scholars initiative assists faculty in teaching students about scholarship by helping them incorporate research and creative activities into their curriculum at increasingly sophisticated levels: Discovery of Scholarship, Scholarly Inquiry, and Research & Scholarship Intensive (RS).
We have recently revised and simplified the Students as Scholars Program Rubric and updated the course definitions. Mason's goal is that every department have opportunities for students to learn about and participate in undergraduate research and creative activities. "Taught" courses as well as individualized experiences should be identified. The revision more clearly highlights that that Discovery of Scholarship includes an understanding of the value of scholarly work that serves as a foundation for participating in Inquiry and the Creation of Research.
All Students as Scholars courses should be designed so that students learn about scholarly activities at Mason. Courses should highlight:
- How faculty are engaged in scholarly work
- How undergraduate students are engaged in scholarly work
- The Students as Scholars initiative, including opportunities through OSCAR and how the course is a Students as Scholars courses and meets the student learning objects at the applicable level.
Research & Scholarship intensive (RS) courses
- Description of RS courses
- Everything and more you wanted to know about RS Courses in the FAQs
- Approved RS courses (scroll down to table, and filter on level)
- RS Course Designation Application
- Mapping your RS Course (includes an example course map)
- Sample syllabus/contract for individualized scholarly/research projects in pdf versions - you are welcome to adapt this for any discipline. This is appropriate for independent studies where students are doing independent research and presenting, publishing, or otherwise sharing the results in a appropriate academic forum.
- Examples of how to meet the expectation for sharing student projects beyond the classroom.
Discovery of Scholarship and Scholarly Inquiry courses
- Description of Discover and Inquiry courses, including how to submit courses for inclusion
- Sample syllabus/contract for inquiry-level individualized scholarly/research projects in pdf- you are welcome to adapt this for any discipline. This is appropriate for independent studies where students are working on a project with a faculty or graduate mentor, but not completing or presenting the project that semester.
General Student as Scholars course resources
- Current Discovery, Inquiry, and RS courses
- Curriculum maps for Discovery, Inquiry, and RS courses (includes example course maps)
- Example course syllabus statements for all levels
- Students as Scholars Program Rubric
- Toolbox for teaching with inquiry, include Students as Scholars powerpoint presentation and video
- Students as Scholars blog, with student essays describing their research experiences.