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Research Database-Undergraduate Research Online 


The Office of Undergraduate Research is working to compile tools to assist students in virtual research as Weber State continues to move to Online and Hybrid/Flex models.

Student Resources

Students are encouraged to continue undergraduate research even in an online environment.  The Office of Undergraduate Research will continue to award research grants.  Click here for more information.

U.S. Census Information-use this link to search U.S. Census data

Kaggle-use this link to search Kaggle Datasets. Kaggle provides access to thousands of datasets and public notebooks for analysis.

PubMed-National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine lists over 30 millions citations for bio-medical research.

Online Research Database

The Office of Undergraduate Research has collected several articles with strategies and tools for mentoring and presenting undergraduate research through an online environment.  Please email to request a pdf of any of the following articles:

  • Bennett, Jacqueline, and Harry E. Pence. 2011. "Managing Laboratory Data Using Cloud Computing as an Organizational Tool." Journal of Chemical Education 88 (6): 761-63. The authors examine how cloud-based applications like Google Drive can be used to manage project components and research results.
  • Faulconer, Emily K., and Amy B. Gruss. 2019. "Undergraduate Research for Online Students."  Quartlerly Review of Distance Education 20 (3): 45-47. This brief piece summaries benefits and barriers to undergraduate research and poses questions for future research; those questions could guide reflection on moving mentored undergraduate research online.
  • Fischer-Faw, Victoria, and Wesley Rose. 2013. "Adventures in Long-distrance Research Mentoring in Music." Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring 2(2). The authors describe their experience with mentored undergraduate research when neither mentor nor undergraduate researcher were on campus. Although their adaptations were necessitated by a sabbatical and a semester-long study abroad experience, their reflections and recommendations are revelant to other contexts for long-distance mentoring.
  • Kalel, Christina Renee, Jessala A Grijalva, and Brandy Allison Brown. 2017.  "Immersed in Mentoring: A Case Study of Developmental Networks in an Online Research Lab." Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring 6(1). This case study from University of Arizona South explores the formation of developmental networks via online mentoring and examines differences between face-to-face and online mentoring.
  • Kassens, Alice, and Sara Caudle, Tyler Rinko, and Justin Tuma. 2012. "Do as I Say and as I Do: An Adaptation of McElroy's Mentor Demonstration Model for Multiple Independent Study Projects." Perspectives on Undergraduate Reserach and Mentoring 2(1). The authors describe a group meeting model for mentoring multiple undergraduate researchers working on independent projects through similar stages in the research process. The group meeting topics could be adapted for online, group research meetings among mentors and their undergraduate researchers.
  • Oppenheim, Willy, and Alex Knott. 2018. "Digital Mentorship, Global Service-Learning, and Critically-Engaged Undergraduate Research: Case Studies from Omprakash EdGE." Perspectives on Undergraduate Reserach and Mentoring 7(1). The authors use case studies to explore pedagogical aspects of mentoring undergraduate research from a distance.
  • Pollock, Meagen, and Laura Guertin. 2013. "Online Guide Encourages Undergraduate Research Using Social Media." CUR Quarterly 34, no.2:14. This brief CUR Sidebar article describes using VoiceThread for online poster sessions and links to CUR Geoscience's public resources on using online tools to support undergraduate research.
  • Sengupta, Jayanta. 2017. "Reseraching History in Cyberspace: Scouring through the South Asia Archive." South Asian History & Culture 8 (3): 365-75. This article examines the benefits and limitations of using online resource repositories for research. Although focused on history, the article could inform selection and assessment of online repositories in other disciplines.
  • Tomaszewski Robert. 2016. "The Concept of the Imploded Boolean Search: A Case Study with Undergraduate Chemistry Students." Journal of Chemical Education 93 (3): 527-33. The author describes an information literacy strategy for chemistry students. The strategy could be adapted for other fields and used by undergraduate researchers conducting literature reviews.
  • van Scoyoc, Anna M., and Caroline Cason. 2006. "The Electronic Academic Library: Undergraduate Research Behavior in Library Without Books." Portal: Libraryies & the Academy 6 (1): 47-58. The authors examine undergraduate students research habits in an online/electronic library context.