Authors and Advisors


Anne Boettcher, Ph.D.

Anne Boettcher, Ph.D., Director Undergraduate Research Institute and Honors Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ, is the 2017–2018 President of Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Anne has served as facilitator and co-chair for numerous CUR programs and is former chair of the Undergraduate Research Program Division of CUR. Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, she was Professor of Biology and Undergraduate Research Program Director at University of South Alabama. She has served as Co-PI for NSF-REU, NSF-RUI, and PI for Merck-AAAS programs and mentored over 60 undergraduate and graduate research students.

Merrie D. Heath

Merrie D. Heath is an Academic Advisor, formerly Career Services at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Prescott, AZ, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in general psychology with an emphasis in industrial and organizational psychology. With a background that includes more than ten years as a vocational counselor and career coach, she is also an adjunct faculty member with ERAU teaching professional development. Ms. Heath is passionate about the power of online learning as a transformational force to develop more effective global teachers, learners, and leaders.

Suzie Roth, MLS

Suzie Roth acquired her Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University and is Research Librarian/Instructional Services Coordinator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. Prior to that she was a librarian K-12 for several years. As a library instructor, a large part of her job is to connect young adults with the information they need. She believes strongly that information/digital literacy is not a college skill but a life skill.

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.


Dr. Joanne Altman

Dr. Joanne Altman is the founding director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works at High Point University. Formerly, she taught psychology at Washburn University, where she earned the Ned N. Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award, the A. Roy Meyers Award for Excellence in Research, and the Herrick Award for Outstanding Service. Across her career, she has supervised over 140 student research projects guiding students through the professional process of presentations and publications. She serves as an elected councilor in the psychology division for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and chairs the CUR Assessment Task Force. She also serves on the CUR Executive Board. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, her master's and doctoral degrees in comparative psychology from Temple University, and a postdoc from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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: Presenting your research

    • Preparation and communication
    • How to tailor your presentation to different audiences and formats
    • Preparation: Focus, audience, and guidelines
    • Preparation in responding to feedback and skepticism
    • Successful presentations: Bringing it all together
    • Module summary

    Module 2: Communicating skills valued by employers

    • Different types of communication
    • Communication skills valued by recruiters in industry
    • Communication skills and professionalism
    • Wrapping it up
    • Module summary

    Module 3: Reputation management

    • Dilemmas and decisions
    • Online presence review
    • Managing your digital footprint
    • Best practices of managing online presence while sharing information responsibly
    • Module summary


  • Course summary
  • Resource bank
  • References

Course features

Course features include:

  • Video interviews with students discussing their experiences
  • Comic strips highlighting the importance of communication skills.

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