Undergraduate Research and Grant Applications: Access and Barriers at a Transnational University


Undergraduate research is an important opportunity that students should take advantage of. The benefits of undergraduate research have been proven many times, showing benefits to both the students and faculty who participate. Research grants have been an important part of increasing participation in research by overcoming the cost barrier, however, other barriers still exist. In this study we examined obstacles preventing students from taking part in undergraduate research at a transnational university. An online survey was sent to undergraduate students at the University of Utah Asia Campus (UAC) to assess their awareness of and interest in undergraduate research. The anonymous survey was advertised to all undergraduate students at the beginning of the semester and 8% of the population responded. The data collected was analyzed by looking for key themes and organizing responses into categories. The results of the survey showed a large increase in willingness to consider research projects at the end of the survey compared to the beginning. Six perceived barriers were also identified by the participants: lack of ability, lack of knowledge, time, money, lack of interest, and difficulty. Lack of time and ability were the most common response to why participants did not participate in research. Presenting information about how to plan and complete research projects along with information about research and grant opportunities could improve undergraduate participation. UAC departments should also consider revising curriculum to integrate research discussions and projects.

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Heather L. Morgan, University of Utah Asia Campus, South Korea
Allison Segal, University of Utah Asia Campus, South Korea

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Conference: ACEID2023
Stream: Educational Research

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To cite this article:
Morgan H., & Segal A. (2023) Undergraduate Research and Grant Applications: Access and Barriers at a Transnational University ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2023 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2023.55
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2023.55

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