Global Scholars Research Projects
Your Global Scholars research project is an opportunity for you to pair up with a mentor and have an undergraduate research experience with an international dimension.
Your Global Scholars project can be in any discipline, but it must meet the following criteria:
- Your project must have an international dimension. The project could be about something in another part of the world or a global phenomenon (that you can speak about in global terms), or it could be comparative. It could also be about some way in which the US or people in the US engage with something international.
- You can definitely pair your Global Scholars project with any capstone research project you are doing for a major (as long as it has an international dimension).
- Your Global Scholars research project does not have to be about or related to the place you choose to study abroad, though it may be. You also do not have to do research abroad, though you may.
- You need to be ready to make an 8-10 minute presentation on your research at the Global Scholars Symposium in early April of your senior year.
We will ask you for periodic updates on your project, such as topic statements and bibliographies. When we do, you will need to let us know how the project is going.
2018 Global Scholars Symposium
Saturday, April 7 ♦ 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ♦ Big 12 Room, Kansas Union
Parents, friends, research mentors, and others interested in undergraduate research are invited to attend the Symposium.
Focus on the who, what, when, why, and how of your research. Give us a big-picture view of what you are doing. Tell us why it is important.
Audience. Prepare your presentation for a general audience. Always beware of jargon and acronyms. Define any terms that may be unfamiliar to the audience and explain the significance of your research in terms listeners will understand. Practice with friends who are not in your major.
Content. You simply can’t explain every single thing in a 10-minute presentation. Ask yourself: What are the points I want to convey? What do I want the audience to learn? What is the main point I want them to remember?
Organization. You need to 1. Introduce yourself; 2. Present your research question and why it matters; 3. Describe how you conducted your research, 4. Explain what you found out and what it means; and 5. Conclude with a summary of your main points.
Depending on your topic, you may need to provide background information. Present the background information succinctly. Bring the focus back to your research by reminding the audience of your research question.
PowerPoint. PowerPoint is a useful tool to show images and emphasize important points. Brevity and clarity are key.
Practice. Practice speaking slowly and clearly. If you want to emphasize an important point, repeat it.