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Fogelman Launches Program to Promote Undergraduate Student Research

For release:  December 8, 2011

The number of students enrolled in Fogelman’s Honors Program is nearing 10% of the college’s total undergraduate enrollment — and rising fast. To support this growth, the college has launched an effort to increase faculty participation in supervising honors theses. “One of the most important skills that education can impart to students is critical thinking,” said Dr. Rajiv Grover, Fogelman Dean. “Engaging students in research is one of the most effective ways to train students in becoming critical thinkers.”

The college’s honors thesis is designed to do just that. The honors thesis “involves students in original research, analysis or criticism and requires involvement with appropriate primary sources,” said Dr. Irv Tankersley, Honors Program Director. Completion of an honors thesis is a key requirement of the Honors Program.

As a result, Fogelman has launched an incentive program to promote undergraduate student research in the college. Upon completion of an honors thesis by a student and the submission of a final grade, $500 will be deposited into the supervising faculty member's faculty development account for research and other expenses consistent with the university's financial guidelines. Given limited resources and the college’s desire to encourage participation across all disciplines, a faculty member may supervise no more than two theses per semester.

Interested faculty members should submit a list of possible thesis research topics related to his or her discipline to itnkrsly@memphis.edu by Friday, Jan. 6. Tankersley and Honors Program Adviser Mary Johnson will match students who register for the honors thesis course with faculty supervisors.

The incentive program is designed to launch the college’s undergraduate research effort and will remain in place until all allocated funding is fully utilized.

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