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Undergraduate Research (2011-2012)
Dr. Jenny Shanahan, Director of Undergraduate Research at Bridgewater State University in Massachusets, visited Armstrong for the Student Scholars Symposium and a day of faculty development workshops on the benefits of undergraduate research. She gave the keynote address on Thursday, April 26, highlighting the how undergraduate research transforms students and their college experience. On Friday, she discussed current best practices for faculty mentors and the overall benefits for faculty in supporting undergraduate research regardless of discipline.
Shanahan oversees a broad mulltidisciplinary UR program that includes summer research grants, UR abroad, student travel grants, two annual campus symposia of several hundered students' research and the publication of The Undergraduate Research and Creative Work. In her previous position as Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at St. Mary's University of Minnesota (2000-2010), Dr. Shanahan mentored undergraduate research projects in Literature, Writing, and English Education. Dr. Shanahan has facilitated eight Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Institutes on the Social Sciences and Humanities and has presented several other workshops for faculty on the mentoring of research and writing. She is a CUR Councilor in the Arts and Humanities Division and is co-editor of the CUR publication, Models of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity in the Arts and Humanities. She has a Ph.D. in English (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) from Marquette University (2000). Dr. Shanahan's research interests include first-generation student engagement (especially through research, service learning, and leadership opportunities) and Chicana/s and African American literature.