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King University News :: King Professors Receive Grant to Participate in Institute on Undergraduate Research

Four of King College's professors received a grant of $2,000, $500 each, to participate in the Appalachian College Association – University of North Carolina Asheville Faculty Institute on Undergraduate Research in July 2011.

The professors attending the Institute include Kevin Deford, associate professor of psychology; Elizabeth Dollar, chair of the department of performing and visual arts and associate professor of theatre; Annie Remillard, assistant professor of French; and Shannon Harris, assistant professor of history.

The three-day event allows institutional teams of faculty to plan for the creation and expansion of undergraduate research (UR) activity and programs on their respective campuses. Institute topics include university wide UR programs, models for UR, project development to support student-faculty joint UR projects, UR in the arts, humanities and humanistic social sciences, and interdisciplinary and community-based UR.

Sessions are also devoted to team-oriented undergraduate research projects and collective approaches to faculty-student mentorship.

The King College team is working to advance UR in the areas of history, psychology, theatre, and French. Avenues of research currently being developed include exploration of perceptual abilities as they relate to different works of art, integrating approaches from psychology and the visual arts.

King College has a long history of advancing our students education through undergraduate research, stated Dr. Paul Percy, provost and vice president for academic affairs for King College. We are excited to participate in the upcoming ACA-UNCA Faculty Institute on Undergraduate Research. Engaging through collaborative efforts with like-minded institutions will provide transformational opportunities for our students. Through the promotion of undergraduate research in areas such as humanities and social sciences, development of projects with a strong interdisciplinary emphasis, and provision of a nurturing and supportive environment for students, we are confident that King's quality academic education will prove even greater with the furtherance of our undergraduate research endeavors.