FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA (Dec. 17, 2014) – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) received on Dec. 3 a $100,000 planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new initiative to explore incorporating research in the undergraduate curriculum. The grant will run from December 2014 through November 2015 and will involve CAU’s social science and humanities faculty, as well as faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The new program aims to ensure an even richer academic experience for CAU’s more than 2,500 undergraduate students by pairing participating freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors with faculty mentors who will guide their research projects. In addition to formal presentations at an annual research symposium, the students’ works also will be published in a special, annual edition of the Phylon, the social sciences research journal founded and originally published by the institution’s iconic former faculty member and administrator W.E.B. Du Bois.
CAU’s Asa Ware Endowed Professor of Sociology Obie Clayton, Ph.D., the program’s principal investigator, said, “The expected outcome of this grant will be to implement a model framework for undergraduate student research that is tailored to the unique challenges and needs of Clark Atlanta University. We are looking forward to a productive year of rich, provocative and insightful conversations with other academic leaders from across the nation as we launch efforts to determine and refine best practices in this realm.”
The focus of Clark Atlanta University’s Undergraduate Research Initiative is to design a campus-wide program of undergraduate research experiences to enhance the learning potential of CAU students. By elevating the importance of undergraduate research, the university plans to create processes and effective practices that will result in improved student recruitment, retention, matriculation and completion, by coordinating administrative and academic support services, co-curricular and extra-curricular engagement, communication and training opportunities. While many independent undergraduate research centers remain useful, CAU plans to create an immersive, fully integrated, campus-wide research culture that will provide a robust experience rooted in the process of discovery and creative activity that transcends traditional STEM models and incorporates the institution’s 38 areas of study.
CAU President Carlton E. Brown said, “This important and timely grant from the Mellon Foundation will enhance the learning potential of CAU students by infusing research into the undergraduate experience beginning in the first year and through to graduation. We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for its ongoing support Clark Atlanta University and its confidence in us to develop new mechanisms to infuse research into the curriculum across all disciplines of the university.”Category: Advancement
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