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Internal and Spring Grants Due Soon

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Faculty Mentor, Grants | Comments Off on Internal and Spring Grants Due Soon

Travel Grant Applications for travel to conferences January – May are due January 24. For more information see the Travel Grants Page.

Internal Research Grant Applications are Due January 30. For more information see the Internal Grants Page.

 

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Student Opportunities Center

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Announcement, Faculty Mentor, Feature, Journal Articles, Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on Student Opportunities Center

Starting September 1, ACU undergraduate researchers and mentors will have access to the Student Opportunities Center (S.O.C.).

The S.O.C. is a platform which connects students to over 10,000 student conferences, journals, new and prestigious experiential learning opportunities (scholarship, fellowship, community/civic engagement), and undergraduate research opportunities.

Sign-up for the Student Opportunities Center by going to: www.studentopportunitycenter.com and creating an account with your ACU email address.

To learn more watch the Introduction/ Tutorial video:

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Fall 2016 OUR Travel Grants Due Sept 13

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Activities, Announcement, Arts, Conferences, Faculty Mentor, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Student Researcher | Comments Off on Fall 2016 OUR Travel Grants Due Sept 13

Undergraduate Research Fall Travel Grant Applications are due Tuesday, September 13th at 5 p.m. These grants are for conferences and showcases from August 2016 – December 2016.

New this year, the Office of Undergraduate Research is awarding travel funding for both undergraduate research students and faculty mentors to travel to a conference to present and showcase scholarship.

Faculty mentor travel grants are for those who mentor undergraduate researchers. Mentors may apply for up to $1000 to either 1) accompany undergraduate students presenting scholarship at a conference or showcase; OR 2) present scholarship in which undergraduate students assisted in the work.
To apply for Faculty travel use the OUR Faculty Travel Grant Application.
Faculty may apply for up to $1000 on behalf of their undergraduate students. These grants are for up to $1000 per project. Faculty are allowed to apply for travel grants for more than one project. For any one project, a group can decide whether to send one representative student or divide the award and send more than one presenter.
To apply for Undergraduate student travel use the OUR Student Travel Grant Application.
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Undergradaute Research Mentors of the Year

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Faculty Mentor | Comments Off on Undergradaute Research Mentors of the Year

These professors are nominated and chosen by ACU students for their exemplary work as mentors to undergraduate researchers. The winners are announced each year at the Undergraduate Research Festival.

2015-2016 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr.  Michael Daugherity, Department of Engineering and Physics
  • Dr. Christopher Hutson, Department of Bible, Missions, & Ministry
  • Dr. Anita Broxson, School of Nursing

2014-2015 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr. Josh Brokaw, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Richard Beck, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Ron Morgan, Department of History & Global Studies

2013-2014 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr. Suzie Macaluso, Department of Communication & Sociology
  • Dr. Greg Powell, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Dr. Mikee Deloney, Department of Language & Literature

2012-2013 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr. Brian Cavitt, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Dr. Lauren Lemley, Department of Communication & Sociology
  • Dr. Stephen Baldridge, School of Social Work
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2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Mentors of the Year

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Faculty Mentor, Feature | Comments Off on 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Mentors of the Year

Each year, 3 professors involved in research are chosen by ACU students to receive the Mentor of the Year Award.

This year the winners were Dr. Michael Daugherity, Dr. Christopher Hutson, and Dr. Anita Broxson.

  • Dr.  Michael Daugherity, Department of Physics
    • This mentor was nominated by his students for his enthusiasm and devotion to research and the students that he works with. His extraordinary teaching as well as his character inspires students to pursue their interests and passions. He is experienced in his field of study and relates information effectively and efficiently, helping to develop student interest in research. Dr. Daugherity has helped his students shape and form projects that have expanded their knowledge and intellect. One student said that this professor is someone that they admire and will never forget. 
  • Dr. Christopher Hutson, Department of Bible, Missions, & Ministry
    • This mentor was nominated by his students because he is an unwavering source of support and encouragement for his students’ research endeavors. His encouragement has given students the confidence to continue their projects with renewed motivation and persistence. He is excellent at communicating with his students through every stage of the research process and takes a personal interest in their work. One student said this professor has given him confidence to stay motivated throughout the research process because he has learned it can produce magnificent results. 
  • Dr. Anita Broxson, School of Nursing
    • This mentor was nominated by her students for her contagious passion and enthusiasm for research. She helps her students discover their own passion for research and encourages them to think critically and view things from different perspectives. She takes a personal interest in her students and helps them discover and develop their talents with patience and understanding. She inspires a spirit of integrity in everything as she encourages her student to seek Christ in every aspect of their work. Her role as a mentor goes far beyond her research projects. She cares not only about her students’ education but their mental and spiritual well being as well. 

Congratulations to these professors for their exemplary role as mentors!

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Dr. Stephen Baldridge – School of Social Work

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Faculty Mentor, Feature, Social Sciences | Comments Off on Dr. Stephen Baldridge – School of Social Work

Kaitlin Pegoda and Dr. Stephen Baldridge

Kaitlin Pegoda and Dr. Baldridge

Name: Dr. Stephen Baldridge

Department: School of Social Work

Research Interests:

Nutrition and food security
Childhood behavior
Learning pedagogy
Instructional technology

Why are you involved in undergraduate research?

I believe that involving students in undergrad research benefits them in several concrete ways. First of all, it gives them an advantage in graduate school. It also gives them something unique to include on a resume/application. I believe understanding the research process helps them to become lifelong learners and helps them think more critically or on a higher level.

Conferences Attended with Undergraduate Students:

  • NCUR
  • Counsel on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting
  • National Social Work Baccalaureate Program Director’s Annual Conference
  • North American Christians in Social Work’s Program Meeting
  • National Social Science Association Technology Conference
  • Western Social Science Annual Conference
  • Lubbock Christian University Healthy Families Conference

Papers:

  • Baldridge, S.N., Roberts, A., Reed, A., & Ellard, A.C. (2015). The use of mobility and social media to improve student involvement. Conference Proceedings: First International Conference on Advances in Higher Education.
  • Baldridge, S.N., McAdams, A., Reed, A., & Knettle, A. (2013). Mobile classrooms: Using mobile devices to enhance BSW education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. 18, 17-32.
  • Hamm, S., LeNea, B., Perkins, S., Saltsman, G., & Baldridge, S. (2013). A Mobile Pedagogy Approach for Transforming Learners and Faculty, in Berge, Z.L., & Muilenburg, L.Y. (Eds). Handbook for Mobile Learning. Routledge. Andover, United Kingdom.
  • Baldridge, S.N., Moran, A, & Herrington, W. (2011) Evaluation of the use of mobile technology in the social science classroom. National Social Sciences Technology Conference Proceedings.

Awards/Honors:

  • 2014: Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Division of Distance Learning (DDL) Distance Education Book Award. (contributed chapter in edited book) Hamm, S., LeNea, B., Perkins, S., Saltsman, G., & Baldridge, S. (2013). A Mobile Pedagogy Approach for Transforming Learners and Faculty, in Berge, Z.L., & Muilenburg, L.Y. (Eds). Handbook for Mobile Learning. Routledge. Andover, United Kingdom.
  • 2013: Article of the year: Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work Baldridge, S.N., McAdams, A., Reed, A., & Knettle, A. (2013). Mobile classrooms: Using mobile devices to enhance BSW education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. 18, 17-32.
  • 2013: ACU Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year
  • 2012: ACU Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (Alexandra Moran)
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