Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Project - $1000 Funding Available for Graduate Students

October 18, 2013


The Graduate Teacher Program's Teaching Institute for Graduate Education Research (TIGER) is soliciting applications for graduate students who are interested in doing Human Subjects Research on Student Learning during the AY 2013-14 and Summer Session 2014.

TAR projects are small research projects carried out by science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduate students to study aspects of teaching and learning within their discipline. Potential research projects involve studying student learning in specific STEM courses being taught currently in CU Boulder Continuing Education courses. TAR Fellows benefit from the experience in the following ways:

  • Five Individual $1000 Grants: Each Fellow will receive a grant of $1000 for time spent interacting with the faculty mentor in Continuing Education and TIGER Team (Dr. Laura Border, Dr. Jean Hertzberg, Dr. Lorine Giangola, and the current TIGER Coordinator, Jason Scott) and conducting research. Projects may be completed by May 2014 and must be completed by December 2014.
  • Interaction with the TIGER Team: TAR Fellows will be teamed with a faculty mentor in Continuing Education who will be in charge of the class being studied. The TIGER Team and the faculty mentor must approve the IRB submission prior to submission to the IRB. The IRB must approve the proposal before research activities begin. Throughout the project TAR Fellows attend TIGER workshops, take part in the TIGER Teaches learning community, and are guided by their faculty mentor and the TIGER Team.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subjects Training: Fellows will become certified for three years to conduct human subjects research through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) prior to learning to write an IRB proposal to apply for permission to conduct human subjects research.
  • Prospective Academic Publications/Presentations: TIGER supports the efforts of Fellows to publish scholarly articles on their classroom research and present results in appropriate venues. Successful TAR Fellows may also apply to participate in a CIRTL Network Exchange with another institution in the network.

Graduate students interested in doing a TAR project should contact Jason Scott at tiger@colorado.edu. Please place the phrase, "TAR project potential participant" in the subject line of your email. You can also talk with Dr. Border, Dr. Giangola, or Mr. Scott in the GTP office, 201 ATLAS.

Application Packet