Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-023


On Summer Schools, Building Student teams and Linking Undergraduate Education to Research

K. A. Hawick, H. A. James, C. J. James and C. L. James

Archived July 2005


We report on summer student programmes and activities we have run, or contributed towards, for undergraduate students at Universities in the UK; in the USA; in Australia and in New Zealand over the last 16 years. We discuss the aims and objectives of such activities - based around bootstrapping research projects; introducing undergraduates to the research process; and seeding new outreach and collaborative processes from research centres. Looking back, we are able to compare outcomes and different approaches in different research cultures in different national settings. We believe these activities are not so hard to initiate at any University and that they deliver some very worthwhile short-, medium- and long-term outcomes for computer science. We summarise our thoughts on such programmes and provide some advice on how to manage similar programmes.

Keywords: research culture, research training, extra-mural programmes; seeding enthusiasm.

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  author = {K. A. Hawick and H. A. James and C. J. James and C. L. James},
  title = {On Summer Schools, Building Student teams and Linking Undergraduate
	Education to Research},
  booktitle = {The 2006 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer
	Science and Computer Engineering},
  year = {2006},
  editor = {H. R. Arabnia},
  number = {FEC3864},
  pages = {75-81},
  address = {Las Vegas, Nevada, USA},
  month = {26-29 June},
  publisher = {CSREA},
  note = {ISBN 1-932415-99-8}

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