The objective of this program is to introduce undergraduate students to the theories, principles, and methods of conducting quantitative and qualitative research in Social Sciences.
The first tier of the REAP program is the initial training of the research process for all participants. This tier is required for all participants. The format for this tier includes 60 minute workshops addressing the basic of research, various faculty panels, graduate school orientation, and guidance on a research proposal. All workshops will be facilitated by SSARC Director and the Academic Research Program Manager.
• 9 Workshops
• Annotated Bibliographies
• Three faculty research opportunities
• Attend one SSARC graduate school presentation
• Attend one research summer opportunity info session
• Participate in two UROP opportunities workshops
• Research proposal
• Research presentation
• Quarterly Feedback sessions
• Fundamentals of Research
• Choosing a Topic, Developing a Research Question
• Literature Review
• Introducing Library Research
• Problem Statement
• Conceptualizing and Theory
• Ethics and IRB
• Multicultural Populations and Design
• Methodology: Qualitative
• Methodology: Quantitative
• Writing a Proposal
• APA Formatting
Participants are required to engage in a research project with a UCI faculty within their discipline or field of interest. Honors projects will not fulfill this requirement. This activity will be an opportunity to extensively collaborate with a faculty on a specific project of interest that will be prepare students in developing scholarship skills, research understanding, and graduate school aspirations.
REAP will provide students with guidance on a good faculty match and the designation of a strong research topic. Specific research variables and designs will be decided between the faculty and student dyad. The program facilitator will be available to provide any necessary resources (e.g., consultation on measures, data collection strategies, data analysis) that could complement the research process and to facilitate progress in the project throughout the year. However, it is expected that the faculty will take the primary role of guidance and direction for these projects.
Students will need to submit the final 20-page research paper to the program for review. All research projects will be presented at the end-of-the-year REAP research symposium. Faculty advisors will be invited to attend these sessions and UROP participation will be highly encouraged.
The final REAP tier requires students to participate in a formally structured research program that requires students to have training and supervision on a research project. Some potential options include but are not exclusive to:
• Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)
• UROP: Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
• CIC: Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
REAP students will be required to provide a copy of the final paper completed for the program selected. The papers/assignments will vary per program but a final project will always be required. Also, students will need to present their summer research projects the following academic year at UCI.
Students are to conduct a literature search of 10-12 articles on a topic of interest. This topic will be the area of study you wish to pursue in the program. Articles are to be referred articles from journals and not magazines or the web. A brief consists of a one-page description highlighting the study's purpose, participants, methods, findings, and implications.
Students will be asked to prepare an original 8-10 page research proposal on a topic of their choice. The research proposal will include sections as Introduction, Abstract, Research Questions, Statement of the Problem, Literature Review, Research Methods, and Data Analysis.
Each student will be expected to prepare a 15-20 page research paper on his or her topic of investigation. The paper will include an introduction body, literature review, elaborate methods, and analysis sections, and results, recommendations for research and practice, and conclusion. The analysis is to be thorough and detailed and the results section should be provide some examples of your supportive data.
This is an opportunity for the students to present their papers to their peers. The student should have a deep understanding of their topic of investigation providing a thorough description of their research and how it assisted them to grow as a scholar. The presentation should be a total of 10-15 minutes.
Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: Qualitative and quantitative approaches and mixed methods approaches (3rd ed).
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.