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Doing Publishable Research with Undergraduate Students

Colorado College Working Paper No. 2008-03

16 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2008  

Aju J. Fenn

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

Daniel K. N. Johnson

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

Mark Griffin Smith

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

J. L. Stimpert

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

Date Written: February 2008

Abstract

This paper addresses the challenges associated with conducting research with undergraduates - limited time and resources, limited skills, the tedious nature of data gathering, etc. We discuss four models of effective research approaches. One is to identify a topic and a workable approach, such as competitive balance in sports, and apply it in different contexts - football, basketball, soccer, etc., with different students working on different sports. The second is to develop a huge data set, in this case patents, and then set students to work on problems involving some aspect of the data set. The third is to divide a related problem into distinct parts and have students work on each part. This approach is applied to research on recreation values for the Arkansas River a quantitative problem while the fourth approach shows its application to a qualitative problem, the role of corporate boards.

Keywords: student research, senior thesis

JEL Classification: A22, L83, O34, Q26, G34

Suggested Citation

Fenn, Aju J. and Johnson, Daniel K. N. and Smith, Mark Griffin and Stimpert, J. L., Doing Publishable Research with Undergraduate Students (February 2008). Colorado College Working Paper No. 2008-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1095895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1095895

Aju J. Fenn

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
719-389-6407 (Phone)
719-389-6927 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/dept/EC

Daniel Kent Neil Johnson

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
719-389-6654 (Phone)
719-389-6927 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://faculty1.coloradocollege.edu/~djohnson

Mark Griffin Smith (Contact Author)

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States

J. L. Stimpert

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
7193896407 (Phone)
7193896927 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/dept/EC/stimpertII.html

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