Wildcat Advantage

High Impact Educational Experiences (HIEEs)

HIEEs promote knowledge and skill development that is highly sought by employers and graduate programs.

Office of Undergraduate Research HIEEs

Completing the OUR activities identified as HIEEs will help you along your path in the Wildcat Advantage Program as well as helping you prepare for a future career.

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CRE-Designated Courses

Take a course-based research experience class for credit.
 

  • FAQ

    Who is eligible?
    Any current WSU student is eligible to take a CRE course, although prerequisites may exist for the course that need to be met. Course prerequisites can be found in the course catalog for the specific CRE course you are interested in or you can reach out to the respective department for more information.

    What is the time commitment?
    Typically one full semester, but it may vary depending on the course.

    How do I participate in this HIEE?
    Sign up for one of the courses with a CRE-Designation. You can obtain a full list of courses available each semester by searching “CRE” in the current course catalog or by emailing erinkendall@weber.edu.

    What information will I verify in GivePulseInformation about your course: course number, instructor’s name, a summary of your research question/project, and whether or not you received course credit.

    What should I include in my ePortfolio?Reflect on your research experience, which skills you developed, and how this experience will propel you forward. You should also include your CRE dissemination product in your ePortfolio. This will summarize your research question, methods, and results. Typically this will be a written paper, poster presentation, video, creative work, or PowerPoint/oral presentation.


    Can this HIEE be repeated?
    Yes. You may complete this activity up to 3 times (but only once per Level) for Wildcat Advantage credit. However, we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of HIEEs during your time at WSU.

  • Resources

    For more information on CRE-Designated Courses, search “CRE” in the current course catalog or email erinkendall@weber.edu.

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Independent Research, Creative, or Scholarly Projects

Complete and disseminate a research, creative, or scholarly project with a faculty mentor.
  • FAQ

    Who is eligible?
    Undergraduate students currently enrolled at WSU.

    What is the time commitment?
    For the Research Project component: Typically one or two full semesters, but it may vary depending on the project. For Publication: Writing a publication can be quite time intensive and involves several drafts between the student and faculty mentor. The process can take 1 month to over 1 year, depending on the project and journal that you submit to. For Conference Dissemination: Disseminating your work typically involves a short presentation or performance. This is often done at a local or national conference, which may be held over 1-4 days. Although the presentation/performance is relatively short, it typically showcases many months to years of your research.

    How do I participate in this HIEE?
    How to Get Involved in Research (PDF) If you are interested in publishing your work, talk to your faculty mentor about this option. Directions for how to write and submit publications can be found on journal websites. If you are interested in presenting your work, talk to your faculty mentor about this option.

    What information will I verify in GivePulseInformation about your project: project title, mentor’s name, if you applied and/or received an Undergraduate Research Grant, and a summary of your research question/project. For the dissemination portion, you will need to include if you were published or presented at a conference. For Publication: Information about your publication: Title, authors, journal title, edition, pages, and a doi for your paper (if eligible). For Conference Dissemination: Information about the dissemination of your research/scholarly/creative work: the conference name, dates of conference, location of conference, your mentor’s name, your project title, whether you received an Undergraduate Research Travel Grant.

    What should I include in my ePortfolio?Reflect on your research experience, which skills you developed, and how this experience will propel you forward. You should also include evidence of your research dissemination product in your ePortfolio. For Publication: If you have been published, definitely include your publication in your ePortfolio! This is a major accomplishment and summarizes the new information you have found (and shared) within your field. For Conference Dissemination: Try to include something to showcase the dissemination of your work, such as a copy of your poster, PowerPoint presentation, research/scholarly paper, or creative works.


    Can this HIEE be repeated?
    Yes, you can complete more than one research project. You should discuss these options with your faculty mentor as the time commitment can be quite demanding and disseminating your work at conferences can be expensive. However, we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of HIEEs during your time at WSU.

  • Dissemination Resources

    To complete your project, disseminate research findings, scholarly, or creative works at a discipline-specific/professional conference or at NCUR, UCUR, or OUR’s Symposium or get published in a scholarly journal.

  • Other Resources

 

Not sure which HIEE is best for you? Reach out to Erin Kendall at erinkendall@weber.edu or 801-626-8541 to discuss the programs and your needs.

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