Freshman Seminars at Michigan State University.
This comprehensive site on interdisciplinary teaching and learning includes guidelines for this approach to education; articles and AIS newsletters; the online journal, Issues in Integrative Studies; and selected interdisciplinary syllabi.
Writing is a way for students to develop and use their critical thinking skills as well as to demonstrate learning. The links below provide ways that writing can be used both informally and formally throughout the college curriculum and include specific methods for handling all aspects of the writing process from assignment-making to responding and grading. The final link for faculty is a mega-site that brings together the writing research and scholarship of recent decades and its application in writing programs on campuses throughout the U.S. The last two links on this page provide online writing resources for students.
An Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum, compiled by Kate Kiefer (Colorado State University).
This site provides an inclusive guide for those who want to better understand the principles and practices of writing across the entire academic community. Includes links to other writing resources for students and faculty.
Integrating Writing into Your Course (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Contains detailed information on such practical topics as designing effective writing assignments; conferencing with students; responding, evaluating, grading; and using student peer review. Includes a link to WAC materials by discipline.
“Writing for Learning—Not Just for Demonstrating Learning,” Peter Elbow (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).
A primary figure in the WAC movement, Peter Elbow describes several methods using writing as a tool for learning plus a range of techniques for responding to these writings and grading them.
This paper argues that in order to improve student writing, all college teachers must teach writing more often and more effectively. Discusses ways to promote writing with informal writing to learn activities, including examples of these, and effective methods for teaching formal writing using a wide variety of writing forms.
Maintains that students do not write well enough to meet faculty expectations because they write very little in school. Presents methods for having students “write rhetorically” and stresses the need for writing across the curriculum.
Based on recent research and theory on writing instruction, this publication describes effective methods for commenting on student papers. Concludes with a list of recommended web sites for further information on responding to student writing.
Writing Across the Curriculum at George Mason University. An informative site with many practical ideas for all aspects of teaching with writing. Includes resources and practices for teaching with writing in all curricular areas, links to writing guides for numerous disciplines, advice and materials for preventing or dealing with plagiarism, and links to a wide variety of WAC resources online.
“Teaching Writing as a Liberal Art: Ideas That Made the Difference,” Toby Fulwiler (University of Vermont). Adobe Acrobat/PDF.
A pioneer of WAC programs, Fulwiler discusses15 ideas about teaching writing that have significantly influenced writing instruction over the past few decades.
“Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum, Third Edition,” by Art Young.
This entire book by a well-respected leader in the field of writing across the curriculum is available online in PDF format. Offers a comprehensive guide to faculty who teach a “writing-intensive” course in their discipline or who decide to include student writing in their courses. Also a resource for English Departments and Writing Programs.
WAC Clearinghouse (Colorado State University).
A comprehensive mega-site drawing together scholarship and resources for all aspects of Writing Across the Curriculum. Contains links to online articles in 5 journals and 4 book series plus multiple online resources for faculty in all disciplines. Includes the full text of several influential WAC books as Adobe Acrobat/PDF files and links to a variety of successful WAC programs in colleges, universities, and community colleges throughout the U.S.
Principles and Practices in Electronic Portfolios: A CCCC Position Statement, November 2007.
This CCCC position paper, presents principles and best practices in the use of e-portfolios for writing instruction.
A refereed international journal on all aspects of assessing written language. Subscription required. Sample issue free online.
Written Communication VALUE Rubric
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).
Comprehensive writing resources for faculty and students. See suggested resources for Non-Purdue Instructors and Students for links organized around The Writing Process, Rhetoric and Logic, Essay Genres, Style and Language, and Citation. Also offers information and a vidcast overview of Writing Across the Curriculum.
“Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing,” Joseph M. Williams and Lawrence McEnerney (University of Chicago).
This is a concise guide for students to help them write more effectively in college.
Students may also find useful “Grammar Resources on the Web” from the University of Chicago Writing Program.
Michigan State University Resources
Faculty collaboration with undergraduate students on research, scholarship, and creative activities has proven valuable both for students and the faculty members they work with. The faculty resources listed below provide support, guidance, information, and examples for developing undergraduate research projects and programs in all disciplines. Following this, three websites for students offer an impressive tutorial for engaging in undergraduate research, an undergraduate journal, and funding opportunities. The final section of this webpage offers links to undergraduate research conferences nationally and in Michigan.
Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).
This council is dedicated to promoting undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activities in the sciences, math, psychology, and social sciences. Members include faculty, directors of undergraduate research, and administrators. Affinity Groups focus on special topics such as Arts/Humanities issues and Environmental Science issues. Provides a listserv, publications, a quarterly journal, and links to relevant resources.
The Reinvention Center at Colorado State University.
The Reinvention Center is a national organization established in 2000 to work for the improvement of undergraduate education at research universities. Their web site provides a number of resources for those interested in promoting research opportunities for undergraduate students.
Peer Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, Winter 2006 (a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities).
This issue focuses on undergraduate research. A hard copy of the entire issue can be ordered. The following four articles are available online:
"Undergraduate Research Experiences: Synergies between Scholarship and Teaching," Tim Elgren and Nancy Hensel.
Describes the benefits of undergraduate research to both student researcher and faculty member: students’ growth as researchers, contributions to the faculty member’s own scholarly work, and new contributions to the field.
"Community-Based Research as Scientific and Civic Pedagogy," Elizabeth Paul.
Of special interest to those in the Social Sciences, this article promotes research projects in partnership with community organizations.
"Creative Activity and Undergraduate Research across the Disciplines," Lori Bettison-Varga.
Describes the “transformative experience” of Wooster College’s independent research project for all undergraduates.
"Undergraduate Research as the Next Great Faculty Divide," Mitchell Malachowski.
Discusses the new faculty divide as one between faculty who engage students in their research projects and those who don’t.
Arts and Humanities Scholars (Undergraduate Research Program, University of Delaware).
Contains samples of undergraduate student research proposals and excerpts from the faculty letter of support. Samples are from art, English, foreign language, history, music, and philosophy. Also links to a student handbook describing the Arts and Humanities Scholars Undergraduate Research Program.
Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU), funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education’s Educational Materials Development Program.
An extensive and well-organized student guide, with information and links to electronic resources for undergraduate students participating in research in science, technology, engineering, and/or math. Includes a wide array of material ranging from the technical aspects of undergraduate research to such issues as research integrity, intellectual property, mentoring, and scholarships/fellowships. Has case studies, a discussion forum, and much more to enhance student success as undergraduate researchers.
The Journal of Young Investigators: An Undergraduate, Peer-Reviewed Science Journal.
Founded in 1997, this online journal edited and run by undergraduates offers a publishing opportunity for undergraduate researchers in the sciences. Articles are organized in three areas: Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and Basic Engineering Sciences.
Reinvention: A Journal of Undergraduate Research (Oxford Brookes University and the University of Warwick).
An online, peer-reviewed journal launched with the September 2007 issue, dedicated to publishing undergraduate student research worldwide.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates, REU Program, (National Science Foundation).
The REU Program supports undergraduate research in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. This site provides access to funding opportunities and deadlines, plus guidelines for preparing a proposal and managing an award.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
Supports undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities in all fields of study. Sponsors an annual conference with published proceedings. NCUR has no homepage but conference proceedings are published by U. of North Carolina at Asheville.
Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Posters on the Hill.
Sixty competitively selected undergraduate student researchers and their advisors display their research posters at the U.S. Capitol and visit with members of Congress to convey the importance of undergraduate research. An annual event.
Meeting of Minds (MOM).
Since 1993, this annual conference in Michigan, a collaborative effort from University of Michigan-Flint, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Oakland University, permits undergraduate students to present their research and creative activities in presentations, posters, performances, and demonstrations. The meeting site rotates among the three schools on an annual basis.
University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)at Michigan State University.
A spring conference that provides Michigan State undergraduate students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity.
Michigan State University Resources
For Students and Faculty
University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum
The University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum provides an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to present their work in the form of a poster or oral presentation, or to showcase their creations. Undergraduates from all MSU colleges who are engaged in original work are encouraged to participate.