Conducting research – whether quantitative or qualitative –
might not always go as planned. However, that’s the beauty of research –
out what works and what doesn’t.
Sometimes with research, you might get disagreeing
data, maybe something that
is the complete opposite of what you expected,
Research has taught me to be more
flexible and to mold to whatever the situation requires to make the
best it could be.
McCormick, who monitors bat species in Dunbar Cave with Dr. Andrew
the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology, is one of several APSU
who participates in research.
Perhaps more than ever, students and faculty at APSU are being
embrace scholarly inquiry through research and creative activity as part
increased, comprehensive focus for faculty and students at APSU.
Currently, specific to research, APSU has established new opportunities
continued other initiatives for undergraduate students, graduate
Research Opportunities for Faculty
Provost Lecture Series
A new venue for faculty members to present their research and
on campus, the Provost Lecture Series, is designed to foster a spirit of
intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students.
The new program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who
recent recipients of the new Summer Faculty Research Program or who have
awarded faculty development leaves (i.e., sabbatical leaves) as well as
who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry of acclaim. In addition,
faculty members of local or widespread renown will be given a platform
Summer Faculty Research Fellows Program (SFRFP)
Each Summer Faculty Research Fellows Program (SFRFP) will award up to
up to 10 proposals by tenured or tenure-track faculty to develop a
project that should place them in a better position to seek external
“By increasing the number of external grants, APSU will have more money
operate and reward faculty who continue engagement in scholarly
Dr. Dixie Dennis, associate provost of Grants and Sponsored Programs.
to the teaching focus at APSU, results from research studies indicate
faculty who engage in research and creative activities are better
Also hoped through the SFRFP is that some of these faculty research
will involve undergraduate and graduate students.
The benefit of more faculty being engaged in
research attracts faculty to APSU
who also enjoy being engaged in research.
Three offices – Academic Affairs, Grants and Sponsored Research and the
of Graduate Studies – are funding the SFRFP program. Each semester,
will showcase their work to the community and University.
Opportunities for Graduate Students
Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Extravaganza
The Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Extravaganza is
celebration that showcases the scholarly and creative pursuits of APSU’s
Graduate students are allowed to enter in one or more of the following
divisions: Creative Arts and Literature Expression (e.g., musical
musical performances, literary works, audio and video presentations, Web
designs), Completed Databased Research (not necessarily yet defended, a
completed research project with an abstract, introduction, method,
discussion and references) and Non-empirical Research (no collection of
Winners of the Completed Databased Research Project will represent APSU
spring at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville during Graduate Education
“Until the implementation of the Extravaganza, APSU graduate students
had no way
to formally present their work for faculty, staff and students,” Dennis
During the first Extravaganza, entire classes of students viewed
students’ poster presentations and asked question of these presenters.
“This event should increase the number of graduate students on campus
engaged in research,” Dennis said. “In addition, undergraduate students
will become excited about their future engagement in research and
As an added benefit, with this yearly event, it is hoped that APSU’s
growing graduate program in the Tennessee Board of Regents system will
attracting students, particularly those who are interested in being
Best Thesis Award
Beginning with the Spring 2010 graduating class – and for subsequent
commencements in May, August and December – the College of Graduate
honor a student in each department whose thesis is judged worthy of a
Thesis Award. Graduate students whose theses, which are based on
quantitative research methods, are chosen for the honor will receive a
certificate and medal to wear at graduation.
For a graduate student to qualify, the thesis must be submitted by the
two-week, prior-to-graduation submission deadline. A committee from the
Research Council automatically will judge any thesis submitted by the
“Honoring any student with a Best Thesis Award seems appropriate as the
University continues to make research more of a focus for faculty and
Opportunities for Under Graduates
Presidential Scholars Program
APSU’s most established research initiative, the Presidential
provides $3,000 in support of each independent undergraduate research
Presidential Scholars selected work with a faculty mentor. The program,
under the guidance of the newly created Office of Undergraduate Research
works to promote independent research training and creative activity
scholarly merit and supports the incorporation of research training into
collegiate educational experience. Through the OUR, collaboration
faculty and students researchers is encouraged and provides students
experience in a competitive proposal process.
For Presidential Scholar James Bart Stykes, his research project, titled
Structure and Dynamics During Adolescence as Predictors of Gang
“one of the best experiences in my undergraduate years, and it made me a
more marketable candidate for graduate school.”
It was great to work one-on-one with a faculty
mentor and create my own
said Stykes, who worked with Dr. Tucker Brown in the APSU
Department of Sociology on the research.
The selection of Presidential Scholars for the May 1, 2010 to April 30,
award period was announced April 1.