Authors and Advisors


Jenny Olin Shanahan, Ph.D.

Jenny Olin Shanahan, Ph.D. (English) is Assistant Provost for High-Impact Practices at Bridgewater State University—Massachusetts, where she leads Undergraduate Research, the Honors Program, National Fellowships, and SOAR (Student Opportunities as Apprentice Researchers). She is series editor and co-author of Routledge's textbooks on undergraduate research in the arts and humanities and has co-edited two other books and authored 13 peer-reviewed articles on undergraduate research. She has presented dozens of keynote addresses, plenary talks, and faculty workshops across the U.S. and Canada on equitable access to high-impact practices, and undergraduate research in the curriculum and in the arts and humanities.

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: Creating diverse models of undergraduate research for different disciplines

    • Definitions and criteria of authentic undergraduate research across the disciplines
    • Benefits of undergraduate research for all students
    • Identifying your own research methods and values
    • Ways of knowing and methods of conducting research in various disciplines
    • Module summary

    Module 2: The collaborative laboratory model of undergraduate research

    • Benefits of undergraduate research in team-based science laboratories
    • "Lab" research in non-science disciplines
    • Best practices of mentoring groups of undergraduate researchers
    • Addressing challenges of mentoring groups of undergraduate researchers
    • Module summary

    Module 3: Undergraduate research in traditionally solo-scholar disciplines and projects

    • Solo scholarly work
    • Epistemologies and values of mentoring solo-scholar research
    • Putting "best practices" and your own mentoring philosophy into action
    • Reflecting on your values as a mentor
    • Module summary


  • Course summary
  • Resource bank
  • References

Course features

Course features include:

  • Video and text interviews with academics
  • Opportunities to reflect on various models of mentoring undergraduate research.

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