A central aspect of the Furman Advantage and one of the hallmarks of engagement with students at a small liberal arts college – supporting undergraduate research projects and the development of young mentees – has become more challenging under pandemic conditions. For the latest updates about undergraduate research projects and the Summer Research fellow program, please stay in touch with the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Institutional Review Board. In particular, note any current restrictions on research with human subjects.
Furman faculty have demonstrated great prowess in adapting undergraduate research efforts to accommodate restrictions on engagement, travel, and human subjects interaction. This recording and handout from an inter-institutional webinar about how the pandemic improved undergraduate research mentorship practices highlights a number of the adaptive strategies and “lessons learned” from colleagues who have supported recent projects.
Colleagues have indicated that the following resources have been of greatest use in planning for flexible undergraduate research projects:
For questions about supporting undergraduate research during a pandemic, please contact Dr. Erik Ching, Director of Undergraduate Research, or email us at FDC@furman.edu.