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University Launches New Research Initiative

Research LENS emphasizes undergraduate research literacy.

  Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Research LENS
Research LENS

Christopher Newport University announces the launch of Research LENS, a new initiative to enhance student learning outcomes and foster an environment at CNU where students learn, explore, navigate and share their academic and intellectual interests.

The new initiative is the result of the work of a committee of students, faculty and staff, and allows the University to combine a number of initiatives across campus in a way that highlights CNU's uniqueness as an institution that focuses on undergraduate research.

"This is an opportunity to enhance student learning and cement undergraduate research as one of our signature programs at Christopher Newport University," says President Paul Trible. "It is also a critical component in our efforts for re-affirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges."

Research LENS comprises the following activities:

  • Learn Students obtain a basic mastery of information literacy that will serve as a foundation for their discipline-specific endeavors.

  • Explore Students begin the transition into research literacy in close mentorship with faculty.

  • Navigate Students embark on discipline-specific undergraduate research projects.

  • Share Students present and disseminate their findings at on- and off-campus academic conferences.

Research LENS includes the following programs and funding opportunities:

  • Summer Scholars Program
  • Paideia Conference
  • Student-faculty research projects
  • Academic conference travel funds
  • The creation and of a new Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

In order to advocate awareness of the new program, a campus-wide promotional effort is planned in the coming weeks.

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