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  Session: Creating Research-Like Experiences for All Students
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Undergraduate Research Projects in UK Universities
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:30AM
  Author: Ross K Galloway, University of Edinburgh
+447904210352, ross.galloway@ed.ac.uk
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Essentially all undergraduate physics degree programs in the UK require every student to complete a substantial research project, usually in the final year of the program. Students typically conduct this project while embedded within one of the physics research groups of their institutions. Project lengths vary but usually encompass 200-600 hours of work, and there is an expectation that the project should feature original research. I will discuss the nature of these research projects, highlighting features such as project topic allocation, pre-project preparation, assessment, and the student skills developed by the project work. I will discuss the strengths and also the challenges of this system, and give some examples of student project topics from my own institution.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Galloway-AC03 Undergraduate Research Projects in UK Universities.pdf

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