Two NEW COURSES in Undergraduate Research

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U UNI 240 The Research Journey (3)
Class Number: 10613
Grading: A-E
Course Info: UUNI 240 The Research Journey
Meeting Info: TTH 02:45_PM-04:05_PM BB0151 
Comments: Open to Freshmen and Sophomores Only

This course is aimed at freshmen and sophomores with an interest in research. This will be an interdisciplinary course, exploring the rigor and principles of research across disciplines – from social studies, to arts, to humanities, to nursing, to natural and physical sciences. The purpose is not to explore how research is conducted in any single discipline, but to facilitate an understanding of how researchers identify and define problems and the discipline that lies behind imagining research. The course will empower students to think of research communities as cultures with unique vocabulary, rituals, norms, and best practices. Readings will be diverse, taken from a range of disciplinary specializations. The course will accomplish four objectives: (1) inspire excitement about the research process; (2) dissuade students of the inviolability of rigid disciplinary boundaries; (3) instill comfort with the (seemingly arcane) terminology and concepts of research; and (4) expand perception of the range of domains in need of informed researchers.

U UNI 250 Becoming a Researcher (3) STARTING SPRING 2018
This course will prepare freshmen and sophomores to participate in research, individually, in groups, or with supervising faculty. The course will introduce students to the common steps in the research process, and how they apply across disciplines. Students will learn how to define problems across disciplines, the research designs commonly adopted across disciplines, and the commonly adopted methods of analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. The purpose of the course will be to empower students to participate with confidence in the various formal and co-curricular learning environments that characterize a Research I university. The course will accomplish four objectives: (1) recognize the similarities and distinctions in research across disciplines; (2) identify how to define a research problem; (3) understand the commonly adopted research designs across disciplines, and how to select among designs; and (4) become exposed to the commonly adopted analysis procedures of both quantitative and qualitative data, across disciplines.


Examples of how UAlbany students are working with faculty on various research projects:

MyStory Mondays 7-3-17

Our office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4
in observance of Independence Day.

This week, we are not sharing student stories, but a piece of the American story, our Declaration of Independence. Whether you were born in the United States or abroad, the significance of a people gathering together to fight for their freedom, likely resonates with you. Many of you will take HIS101 – American and Social History I,  POS101  – American Politics, or a similar themed course in the Fall, and will examine the ideas in this document – this document that continues to shape, frame, and challenge our identity and our policies.  We hope that you will take the time to read it and share what comes to mind as you think about your freedom, your upcoming semester at UAlbany, and the possibilities for your future. 

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Kudos to our ASC Graduates!

Dear Krystal, Brittany, Buo, Alexa,
Sam, Kerry, Liz, Ben, and Joel, 

Our place is better space because of your service!

“You will be the broken world and the act of changing it, in a way that you haven’t been before. You will be so many things, and the one thing that I wish I’d known and want to say is, don’t just be yourself. Be all of yourselves. Don’t just live. Be that other thing connected to death. Be life. Live all of your life. Understand it, see it, appreciate it. And have fun.” –  Joss Whedon 

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Joel 8

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Sam Broking 3

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Do You Want to be a Global Leader?

Common Purpose Global Leader Experience
Applications Due May 31st!

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What if the world’s greatest challenges were in your hands?

Join UAlbany’s Center for Leadership and Service, Stony Brook University, Binghamton University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and SUNY’s SAIL Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership for the Common Purpose Global Leadership Experience in New York City, July 10-13, 2017.

Develop your leadership skills to help influence the future of the world. Along with your fellow participants, you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing business, governments, and society today. A Global Leader Experience (GLE) gives you real and practical experiences, instills in you a global perspective, and challenges you to adapt and thrive in diverse situations. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

What happens?

The Challenge for 2017/2018 is “How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?” As a participant, you will explore this major world Challenge from a local perspective. You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organizations to help you and your fellow participants understand the Challenge in order to create innovative solutions. Best of all, you won’t be alone; you will build your connections and make new friends – and the solutions and knowledge you all build will be passed to participants on other GLEs around the world. Common Purpose runs GLEs in cities around the world, where large numbers of the world’s talent convene to study, so you will meet fellow students from across the globe amongst this diverse group of participants.

Please visit http://www.albany.edu/involvement/commonpurpose.shtml for more details and to apply before the May 31st deadline.

Excellence in Advising Inaugural Award

Jason Cotugno, from the School of Business; Claudio Gomez from the Education Opportunity Program; and Rachel Moody, from the Advisement Services Center,  were awarded the inaugural, Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising on Friday, April 21, 2017.  They were each recognized by their directors, followed by their nominators, and then we had the honor of hearing from Jason, Claudio, and Rachel about what academic advising means to them. What a powerful afternoon! Click here to read more about these awardees.

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. – Douglas Adams

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Many Ways to Earn Credit at UAlbany

college-2024213_960_720As you are finalizing your schedules, have you considered earning credit with applied learning experiences? At UAlbany, this list is ever growing. Here are just a few for you to ponder?

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