CELT Student Research Fellows are undergraduate students selected through a competitive application process and appointed to a one-year term during which they learn about CELT activities and contribute to the operations, administration, promotion, and development of CELT. While CELT Student Research Fellows will be familiar with the overall operations of the center, each Student Research Fellow will focus on their own independent research project related to the mission of CELT. In addition, Student Research Fellows are responsible for the management of three annual CELT events.
The CELT Student Research Fellowship requires a high degree of self-motivation to develop, support, and execute individual research projects focused on classroom engagement at Tulane University. Students will create a plan for their individual year-long project and will make regular progress reports to Fellows and CELT staff throughout the year. Fellows are expected to spend approximately 10 hours per week during the academic year working in the Center. While at the Center, Student Research Fellows will be engaged in their individual projects, working collaboratively on CELT events, and assisting staff as necessary.
Each year CELT Student Research Fellows produce three main events: Scholars Mixer, Poster Session, and faculty/student events. The Scholars Mixer is a social event during fall semester for faculty and students to meet and learn about each other’s research interests. This is an opportunity for students who haven’t yet engaged in research to learn about different opportunities. The Poster Session takes place in April and affords recipients of CELT’s Academic Year Research Award the opportunity to present their research. The faculty/student events are open for creation and may take place during either semester.
Each Student Research Fellow will have the ability to develop their own year-long project under the guidance of CELT staff. Student Research Fellows will be responsible for designing, managing, completing, and reporting on their projects.
Example Project 1: A former CELT Fellow created and conducted a survey to evaluate what impact CELT had on classes. He surveyed undergraduate students to see if there was a difference between professors who actively participated in CELT events versus those who did not. He then analyzed the results and wrote a final report explaining the outcomes.
Example Project 2: A former CELT fellow spent the first semester learning how to effectively conduct student focus groups and gaining IRB approval. During second semester she conducted four focus groups to find out what an engaged class looks like to students. Based on the feedback from students she then facilitated a student/faculty focus group to provide a space for students and faculty to find out “why you do what you do”. For example, why students come in late or why they leave multiple times during one class, why professors give tests over papers or why they weight assignments the way they do. Her final deliverable was an analysis and suggestions in the form of a report.