From undergraduate to undergraduate researcher: the impact of participation in undergraduate research initiatives on student learning outcomes at Monash University and the University of Warwick

Participating in undergraduate research programs extend a student’s learning portfolio beyond the traditional expectations of the classroom. Alongside a sound academic foundation, participation in research tests determination and perseverance, fosters innovation, and develops critical thinking and intellectual independence. Universities around the world are turning their attention to the creation and promotion of innovative undergraduate research programs.

Over the past five years, the partnership between Monash University and the University of Warwick has seen the development of three successful undergraduate research initiatives; the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR), the Compass Research Networks Program, and the Global Leadership and Advance Research Program (GLARP). These three initiatives are significant innovations in the global higher education landscape.

Working collaboratively, key members from Monash and at Warwick will demonstrate the impact the initiatives have had on student learning through a series of surveys, focus groups and data analysis. The project will result in two peer-reviewed journal publications and the outcome help develop a deeper understanding of the pedagogical innovations and impact of the initiatives.

Principle applicants

Kate Aldred

Kate Aldred

Academic Coordinator, Monash University

Emma Barker

Emma Barker

Journal and Conferences Manager, University of Warwick

Other Lead Investigators

Kirra Minton, Deputy Director CURIE, Monash University

Victoria Jelicic, Journal and Conferences Coordinator, University of Warwick