Explorations in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

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Program Mission

The “Explorations in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity” program is designed to promote students’ success by providing them with structured support from peers, mentors, and faculty as they engage with the university “beyond the classroom” and consider possible career options. It offers students the opportunity to enrich their undergraduate experience at SJSU by working closely with a faculty member on a research project or creative activity. It More specifically, it enables students to

  • Explore a topic of interest in greater detail

  • Build confidence as they move forward in their academic pursuits

  • Discover potential career options

  • Enhance their engagement with the campus as they work closely with a faculty member

The program also provides faculty with the opportunity view their work (and the potential of their faculty role) from a fresh perspective.

Program Outline in a Nutshell

The program is a collaborative effort between Peer Connections, Center for Faculty Development, and the Office of Research. In addition, it includes support from the McNair Scholars Program and the MLK Jr. Library. First-time students entering their second year at SJSU will have the opportunity to participate in a year-long faculty-supervised experiential learning or research experience.

During Fall semester:

  • Students participate in a series of seminars, to provide them with a general foundation for participating in research, and complete a personal profile to be used to help “match” them with a faculty mentor.
  • Faculty identified as prospective mentors, and invited to review the profiles of prospective mentees.

During Spring semester:

  • The student-faculty pairs work together on a RSCA project being led by the faculty member (already on-going or new, as appropriate).
  • Students continue to participate in peer mentor-led seminar sessions
  • Faculty members receive $1000 in professional development funds, to be used at their discretion, as permissible by general university guidelines.
  • Faculty-student pairs are invited to participate in an event recognizing their work together.

Types of Projects

The program seeks to support projects that encompass all disciplines and scholarly and creative interests, as well as a broad array of goals and methodologies.

Program Contacts

Jamal Williams – Assistant Director, Peer Connections, jamal.williams@sjsu.edu, 924-2514.

Gilles Muller – Associate Dean, Office of Research, gilles.muller@sjsu.edu, 924-2632.

Amy Strage – Assist VP for Faculty Development, Center for Faculty Development, amy.strage@sjsu.edu, 924-3715.