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Committee on Undergraduate Research (March 2017)


Committee Charge

Committee Members

Jenn Fishman, Co-Chair
Jane Greer, Co-Chair
Dominic DelliCarpini
Doug Downs
Jason Esters
Laurie Grobman
Patti Hanlon-Baker
Joyce Kinkead
Jessie Moore

This committee is charged with the following:

  1. Lead a multi-stage participatory drafting process to create a position statement on undergraduate research.
  2. Collaborate with CCCC Program Chairs and UGR Poster Session organizers to further institutionalize the UGR Poster Session at CCCC;
  3. Work with the EC and NCTE staff to institute mechanisms for regular data collection regarding UGR presenters and presentations at CCCC;
  4. Explore the feasibility of establishing conference scholarships for undergraduate researchers;
  5. Network with relevant CCCC committees and SIGs to continue improving resources and support for UGR at CCCC and beyond. In particular, we will encourage the Committee on the Major in Writing and Rhetoric to update their important database of programs, and we will support them however we can. Likewise, we will encourage the Research Committee to include UGR in their initiatives and awards, and we will actively support their efforts.
  6. Establish protocols for sustainable information exchanges with UGR stakeholders affiliated with other organizations and relevant publications.
  7. Circulate data-driven information about undergraduate research, including curriculum and program profiles drawn from 2013 survey results. 

Spring 2014 Update

Undergraduate research is what the AACU calls a “high-impact” learning activity (, a powerful form of active learning that helps prepare students to be curious and rigorous problem-solvers for life. Through collaboration with senior scholars, undergraduate research involves students in planning and carrying out real inquiries into important questions that can have consequential results. Students who study writing have unique opportunities to engage in this activity. The study of writing encompasses questions about written communication in every aspect of contemporary society, from learning to write in school to using writing at work and in civic life. The Conference on College Composition and Communication is working with its members and their students to create and support more opportunities for undergraduate research on writing in courses and programs at their institutions.

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