Developing a Scaffolded Learning Process to Increase Undergraduate Research Skills


  • Laura Wheeler Poms George Mason University
  • Corrie Paeglow George Mason University
  • Sarah Sheehan George Mason University
  • Julianna Miner George Mason University
  • Ali Weinstein George Mason University
  • Robert Weiler George Mason University



research experiences for undergraduates, pedagogy, assessment


This session presents the successes and challenges experienced in redesigning our curriculum (BS in Community Health) to support a scaffolded approach to developing undergraduate research skills, which was funded through a Students as Scholarsââ¬â¢ Curriculum Scholarship Development grant. We will detail the creation of discovery, inquiry and creation of scholarship level courses.à In addition, our liaison librarian, who created library skills workshops unique to the research requirements of each class level, will share her insights on the collaboration. àWe will share our assessment data related to student learning outcomes. Implementation challenges, including working with various types of faculty members (adjunct, tenured, tenure-track, and term) and teaching these scholarship courses across multiple sections will be covered.à Our presentation team includes tenured, term and adjunct faculty members and our liaison librarian.à Session attendees will learn more about how to introduce, reinforce and further develop studentsââ¬â¢ research skills using an integrated approach across the curriculum.à

Author Biographies

Laura Wheeler Poms, George Mason University

Assistant Professor

Global and Community Health

Corrie Paeglow, George Mason University

Assistant Professor

Global and Community Health

Sarah Sheehan, George Mason University

Health Services Librarian

Fenwick Library

Julianna Miner, George Mason University

Adjunct Professor

Global and Community Health

Ali Weinstein, George Mason University

Associate Professor

Global and Community Health

**2016 GMU Teaching Excellence Award**

Robert Weiler, George Mason University

Professor & Chair

Global and Community Health





3:35pm-4:15pm Mini-Workshops, Panels, & Roundtables