MaRBLe Undergraduate Research
Full course description
MaRBLe is a form of RBL, Research-Based Learning. In RBL, learning is based on research that students do themselves, rather than being dependent on research done before and by others. Small groups of students will conduct research under the guidance of a senior researcher. They will act as a group, but engage in individual work as well. MaRBLe offers a unique opportunity to develop one’s own research topic within the context of a pre-defined research program. In this way, student researchers will make an actual contribution to ongoing research, and will experience first-hand what is involved in doing research. During the project, specific skills will be addressed at the appropriate time: e.g. problem analysis, writing a proposal, data selection and analysis reporting and presenting.
- To enhance the learning experience of students by integrating research into their undergraduate curriculum.
- To prepare students for graduate research by introducing them to and educating them in the relevant skills and knowledge.
- To emphasize the ability to identify and formulate academic problems.
- To select and apply relevant research methodologies accordingly.
To reinforce the awareness of how academic work relates to society: how it may respond to trends and issues in society, and how it may initiate new ideas.
More than anything else, the MaRBLe undergraduate research program is aimed at students with a great appetite for learning and research. Students should ideally have a progress rate of ≥0.9, and a grade average of ≥7.5. In addition, specific courses may be required for particular projects (these prerequisites will be mentioned in the announcement of offered projects). At least as important as these ‘technical’ requirements, we expect students who apply for MaRBLe to be motivated, and to have a clear idea on how the project they apply for fits into their individual UCM curriculum. Students will apply by writing a letter of motivation, and if eligible, can be invited for an interview.