Authors and Advisors


Christine E. Cutucache, Ph.D.

Christine E. Cutucache, Ph.D. is the Haddix Community Chair of Science and Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Cutucache has diverse research interests, such as tumor immunology in B-cell lymphomas and discipline-based education research. She was a Councilor in the Biology Division of the Council of Undergraduate Research (2014–2017) and has directed numerous undergraduate research projects that have yielded more than a dozen publications including students as co-authors. She was the recipient of the 2018 UNO Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Cutucache is the founder and faculty advisor of NE STEM 4U, an outreach program whereby undergraduates mentor K-8 youth. In addition, Dr. Cutucache routinely collaborates with other colleges via NE SciLEAD, a science education design and assessment consortium to assist in the development of meaningful assessments for student development to meet stakeholder needs.

Lead advisors

Dr. Julio Rivera

Dr. Julio Rivera researches "Big Data" problems and applies methodologies emphasizing "Business Geographics," which integrates Geographic Information Science (GIS), visualization techniques, and statistics. He brings this approach to problems in Marketing, Real Estate, Retail Site Selection, Economic Geography, and Data Analytics and challenges students to use these methods to solve problems and conduct research. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences. He was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award, and is an Emeritus President of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Rivera regularly serves as a consultant to other colleges and universities as they develop undergraduate research programs. He serves as a consultant to government, business, and higher education and served as the Provost of Carthage College overseeing all aspects of the College's academic administration (2010–14).

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-Informed Teaching, and Director of Research for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is Chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, Linguistics, and Information Science. She has over 15 years of experience as a manager with the online learning team at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialized in usable and accessible digital practice, tutored on the groundbreaking Masters in Digital Education, and developed online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since retiring from the University at the end of 2015, Wilma has provided consultancy services on all aspects of online learning, with a special focus on accessibility and usability issues.

Course structure



  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes

Course files

    Module 1: Skill building for planning and time management

    • Terminology
    • Project management—skills evaluation
    • Implementing your research project management plan
    • Application of management skills
    • Module summary

    Module 2: Skills to action: plan, plan, plan

    • Break up the project into digestible pieces
    • Tools for implementation
    • Chart your route
    • Self-assessment of skills
    • Application of process
    • Module summary

    Module 3: Managing timelines

    • Generate milestones and deliverables
    • Budget management
    • Reflect and apply: how does your contribution serve your larger goals?
    • Module summary


  • Course summary
  • Resource bank
  • References

Course features

Course features include:

  • An action maze to help participants to consider various aspects of research project management
  • Video interviews with students discussing the challenges of completing a project on time.

Supporting institutions

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Oakland University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Nebraska – Omaha
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point