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First Year Research Experience (FYRE) Support Guide for Research Coaches

Research Cycle: Share

Students share and communicate research findings via authentic academic dissemination with colleagues and peers which builds critical communication skills. Research does not exist unless it is shared.

Creating Digital Media Projects

Seneca College's Sandbox has an amazing array of information (e.g. instructions, tips, examples, modules) on creating and communicating various digital media projects, including:

  • Present Awesomely
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Student Video Projects
  • Creating Infographics
  • Simply Awesome Websites
  • Creating an ePitch
  • Creating Educational Videos
  • Designing Digital Assignments
  • Finding Free Images and Audio Online

Presentations

"How to" guides from the Undergraduate Research Initiative Office:

Undergraduate Project Symposium:
In your role as a Research Coach, you can also encourage your students to submit their FYRE projects to the Undergraduate Project Symposium (UPS).  The UPS is an annual event highlighting the research, scholarly and artistic works of undergraduate students at the University of Saskatchewan.

Writing & Citing Supports

Writing Help Centre:
Students can visit the Writing Help Centre to receive feedback at any stage of their research projects.  The Writing Centre is located on the first floor of the Murray Library.  Students can also submit their work online and receive feedback within 24 - 48 hours.

The Writing Centre is staffed by a multidisciplinary tutoring team. Research Coaches are welcome to contact Liv Marken, Writing Help Coordinator, who can then train writing tutors to help with your specific assignment.  Research Coaches are also encouraged to make arrangements for an in-class presentation or visit.

Writing Centre tutors can help students with:

  • clarifying goals 
  • improving organization and writing style 
  • learning how to outline, draft, and revise
  • practicing the conventions of writing in a discipline
  • noticing patterns of error in writing, which will help focus editing and proofreading
  • understanding the rules of grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation.

Tutors cannot edit or proofread (i.e., correct the grammar and punctuation). They will teach about writing using the student's work as an example of writing areas of strength and weakness.

Citing Sources:
Proper citation of sources can be challenging for many first-year students especially if they are not familiar with the practice of citing. Also, many FYRE students are taking courses from different disciplines, each with their own citation styles.   It is recommended that the desired citation style for the FYRE course be clearly stated on the course syllabus. It also may be helpful to have a discussion with the FYRE students on why we cite in university (and not focus solely on how to cite or the implications of not citing sources).  

There are many resources Research Coaches can provide to students that provide instruction on the basics of the major citation styles, including this video on citations from the Political Studies department. Students are also encouraged to attend a workshop on this topic. 

Publishing

Publishing in USURJ:
Do you have a student(s) that produced a great research piece?  If so, please encourage them to publish their work in the University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal (USURJ).  Submissions can include articles, reviews, artwork, and research snapshots

USURJ is an open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal featuring original artwork and scholarly articles by University of Saskatchewan undergraduate students.  All submissions are reviewed by established experts in a relevant field. The journal is supported by the Office of the VP, Research and the University Library, including the Writing Centre. It is indexed in the DOAJ.

What does it publish?
  • Original student work
    • All disciplines and professional colleges
    • Single or multi-authored 
    • Co-authored (professors)
  • Artwork and photographs
  • Multimedia 
  • Research papers
  • Review papers
  • Research Snapshots: provide a concise overview of students’ ongoing work, its significance, and any preliminary results, but they can also take the form of a mini-analysis.

Further Resources

Chapters 7 and 8 from Choosing and Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research, Ohio State University). Tip: Use the arrows in the bottom left and right corners to navigate within this e-book.

 

Students are encouraged to review the tools and resources on the Creator section on the digital literacy "Are you Information Savvy" guide. Resources include videos on using licensed materials in their work as well as applying open licensing to their finished product.  The university's Academic Integrity module is also available from this page.

Workshops

Student Learning Services offers various workshops throughout the term on topics such as sharing your academic work and citing sources in various styles. Please encourage your FYRE students to attend these workshops!