General Studies 391: Research Exposed!
General Studies 391: Research Exposed!
General Studies 391: Research Exposed!

General Studies 391: Research Exposed!

Autumn 2004/05, Winter 2005/06/09

Course Site

Under the mentorship of Janice DeCosmo, Jennifer Harris, and Nichole Fazio, I was a teaching assistant for this course, which is facilitated by the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP).

Course Description

Made possible by the Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Learning Commons, the Undergraduate Research Program, and Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Research Exposed! (GEN ST 391) offers the undergraduate an opportunity to learn about current, exciting research in a wide variety of disciplines, including the process of discovery, how faculty come up with an idea for research, how inquiry is structured in the different disciplines, and how students can become involved in the knowledge-making process.

Presentations by UW faculty focus on specific issues such as ethics and the culture of research. Students attend weekly, fifty-minute discussions and have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions following each presentation. This course may be repeated for credit (1 credit/quarter-3 quarters max); speakers and topics will vary.

What I Learned

This course was my first experience as a teaching assistant. While I did not design the course, I did learn more about university protocols for instruction and evaluation, how research is conducted across UW’s Seattle campus, and what undergraduates typically expect of their education. I also learned to become more comfortable speaking in front of academic audiences of forty to seventy people. In tandem with this assistantship, I was an adviser for the UW’s Undergraduate Research Program, where I assisted undergraduates (across the disciplines) in planning for, participating in, and presenting research.

(The first two images on the left are screen shots of the URP website, which I designed. Courtesy of the Undergraduate Research Program, the third image is of me speaking at Research Exposed! on Halloween.)