Colorado College Working Paper No. 2008-03
16 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2008
Date Written: February 2008
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: 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