Collaborating with faculty members on research projects is one of the most effective ways of deeply connecting students with their fields of study. Along with benefiting from the close mentorship that such collaboration often entails, students learn directly from the process of performing the work: putting in hours in the laboratory, designing a gallery exhibit, poring over existing scholarship on a topic, writing computer programs, conducting surveys—all experiences that prepare students not only for graduate-level research but also for careers in the wider world. And when financial support is available, students find that attending regional and national conferences to share the results of their research can be enormously instructive and rewarding.
- Engaged learning at Gettysburg means teaching students:
- To consider ideas from multiple disciplinary perspectives
- To integrate ideas and information
- To communicate effectively
- To become meaningful contributors to their local, national, and global communities