Undergraduates Do Real Research? Using an Institutional Repository to Showcase and Promote Undergraduate Research, Creative Endeavor, and Undergraduate/ Faculty Collaborations

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THATCamp Indiana 2015

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IUPU, Indianapolis, IN

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THATCamp Indiana 2015


How can a regional campus use the Digital Commons platform to accentuate that which makes it unique?The Helmke Library at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne has recently created a new area within Opus, our institutional repository, called the Student Research and Creative Endeavor Commons, designed to promote and showcase undergraduate research.

Regional campuses such as IPFW provide many valuable opportunities for undergraduates to collaborate with members of the university faculty on research, publications, presentations, and creative works, to a degree they may not at larger flagship institutions.The Student Research and Creative Endeavor Commons will showcase such collaborations, as well as providing undergraduates the satisfaction of seeing their works published in an institutional repository and providing them with permanent URLs to share with potential employers and graduate schools.

In addition to hosting student works in specifically undergraduate focused conferences and journals hosted by IPFW, the Student Research and Creative Endeavor Commons also includes sections called Student/Faculty Collaborative Presentations and Student/Faculty Collaborative Publications, which will serve to highlight the many opportunities IPFW undergraduates have to gain valuable real world experience working hand-in-hand with faculty scholars.

In addition to our present accomplishments and future goals, I will also discuss some of the practical challenges we have faced in creating a space within the repository to meet the unique needs of featuring undergraduate research in its myriad varieties, as well as how we, along with our faithful bepress consultants, have met and seek to continue to meet these challenges.

In summary, the Student Research and Creative Endeavor Commons will showcase undergraduate research and publishing, along with student/faculty collaborations, and, in turn, promote the unique opportunities students at IPFW have to work alongside faculty in scholarship and creative endeavors.We also hope that the presence of a uniquely undergraduate focused area within our repository will serve to further drive rigorous undergraduate scholarship, creative endeavor, and faculty/undergraduate collaborations at IPFW.


undergraduate research, opus, institutional repository, bepress, digital commons


Higher Education | Library and Information Science

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