A Conference On

Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and the Mission of the Research University

The Inn and Conference Center
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
Thursday-Friday, November 14-15, 2002

Association of American Universities
Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society
The National Science Foundation
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

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About the Conference
esearch universities are unique institutions, defined by their underlying mission of generating knowledge in all spheres. They are the only institutions that bring together scientists, scholars and artists to carry out this work themselves and to transmit the values and tools of their fields to the next generation. In recent years, they have made enormous efforts to involve undergraduates in this activity. Respondents to a survey conducted by the Reinvention Center at the behest of the Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University ranked an increase in undergraduate participation in research and creative activity among their three most significant achievements of the past three years. At the same time, research universities face singular challenges in implementing this new priority. These challenges include a history that emphasizes cutting-edge research and graduate training, large enrollments, the inadequate backgrounds of many students, students' desire for vocational preparation, a lack of resources and an agenda driven by external factors such as national rankings and the generation of external funding.