Undergraduate research--like learning communities, internships, and service learning--is considered a high-impact practice because of its positive affect on student learning and success. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, high-impact practices share several traits: they demand considerable time and effort, provide learning opportunities beyond the classroom, facilitate significant interaction between faculty and student, and encourage investigation and critical thinking. To be certain, pursuing research is a challenging endeavor; however, the insight to be gained in meeting these challenges can be transformative (NSSE 2013).
Theater Studies faculty encourage majors to pursue these learning opportunities, especially those offered through Emory College's Scholarly Inquiry and Research Program (SIRE).
SIRE provides substantial resources and opportunities for undergraduates interested in research:
- SIRE Independent Research Grants support research and scholarly projects by undergraduate students. Grants are awarded to students in any field of the Arts and Sciences.
- The SIRE Research Partner Program allows students to join faculty researchers in all fields as student research assistants.
- SIRE Summer Research Grants support summer research and provide campus housing at no charge and an expense stipend.