May 20 marked the start of Chaminade University’s very first Undergraduate Summer Research Institute with a kickoff event on campus.
The Undergraduate Summer Research Institute encourages a culture of undergraduate research at Chaminade and provides students with summer research opportunities. The kickoff event was the first time that all 10 undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors gathered to socialize, review expectations for the summer and discuss the types of support the researchers will receive.
“We have seen the substantial growth in students who participate in summer research opportunities,” says Dr. Darren Iwamoto, director of the Undergraduate Summer Research Institute. “Students develop confidence, enthusiasm and a fearless approach toward research and we’re excited to bring a similar program to Chaminade.”
Throughout the 11-week program, student researchers will meet for weekly workshops led by the faculty mentors and guests. Workshops are designed to build the students’ skill sets and prepare them for post-undergraduate life. They cover a range of topics, including research design methods, effective personal statements and the application process for graduate schools and competitive internships.
Students participating in the summer institute are covering a wide range of disciplines including English, Philosophy, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Business, Religion, Behavioral Sciences, Environmental + Interior Design and Psychology.
Chaminade students applied for the program in March and were then matched with a faculty mentor based on their research interests. Students will collaborate with their faculty mentors to create individual research projects and will present their work at a poster session in August.