Friday, October 19, 2012

The Role of Research at Undergraduate Institutions

An excellent article by Robert Gavin, in "Academic Excellence - The role of research in the physical sciences at undergraduate institutions" (Michael P. Doyle, Editor - published in the year 2000 by Research Corporation - a foundation for the advancement of science). Even if the paper, which emphasizes the role of publishing in a research-based education, refers to physical sciences, the ideas in there are even better suitable for mathematical sciences, where there is not an excessive need for laboratories and equipment.
Straight to the point: "Publishing research articles, especially those done in collaboration with undergraduate students, should be expected, encouraged and supported both before and after the tenure decision".