What’s a TAR/TAR-AH Project?
TAR/TAR-AH projects are small, discipline-based educational research projects designed by STEM or Arts & Humanities graduate students to improve their own teaching and the quality of undergraduate learning. Graduate students work with the TIGER Coordinator to develop and implement the TAR projects and write up their findings.
If interested, please fill out the TAR/TAR-AH Application below or contact the TIGER Coordinator, Dr. Adam Blanford, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exposure to discipline-based education research.
Gain experience in designing and implementing a research project.
Professional development by establishing yourself as a scholar of teaching and learning.
Opportunity to add to your CV through poster presentations or publication.
$500 for your time and effort on the project (to be paid on completion).
1) Faculty advisor's permission to be a TAR fellow is required.
2) Must have a faculty mentor. This may be your faculty advisor, a faculty member interested in your research, or the TIGER Coordinator.
3) TAR or TAR-AH fellows must be in good standing in their departments.
4) Completion of Human Subjects Research certification (see below)
Developing a TAR/TAR-AH Project
All TAR fellows are required to complete the “Social and Behavioral Research Subjects and Key Personnel” module offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a training resource free to CU Boulder students. This module educates the fellow on what constitutes human subjects research, the importance of obtaining informed consent, and the implications of this type of research.
Working with the TIGER Coordinator, TAR fellows develop their theoretical framework, research question, research design, and study procedures. We use the Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol template as a guide for project development.
Fellows who intend to publish their findings must submit their protocol to the university’s Institutional review board for approval to show fellows have done their due diligence and that they have obtained informed consent to publish their research findings. Otherwise, if the research is confined solely to the classroom and is only for internal use, it must be approved by the TIGER Coordinator.
Once the project receives approval, fellows can start their projects. They will be required to report to the TIGER Coordinator throughout the course of their data collection on the status of their research.
TAR Fellows are required to submit a written report detailing their research project and experiences. We suggest fellows model their reports after articles published in discipline-based educational research journals.