Undergraduate Research for the Common Good is an initiative to enhance the educational experience at YHC and positively impact student skills in many areas. This includes critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and information literacy skills of students. The program arose out of the college’s reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and creates opportunities for students to develop discipline-specific skills that will prepare them for future careers in their desired field. Through the program, YHC students form mentoring relationships with the YHC faculty who lead them through the development of authentic and relevant research experiences.
Undergraduate research is a proven high-impact practice in higher education that allows students to delve into issues impacting local, regional, and global communities and improves student success in the classroom and beyond. By tackling difficult issues, working to solve the complicated problems, and facing the challenges inherent in research, YHC students develop valuable life skills, becoming resilient to adversity, ready for rigorous challenge, and confident in their abilities. The program has many components including course-based research experiences (CUREs), mentored-research experiences (MREs), Undergraduate Research Day, the YHC Undergraduate Research Journal, and Undergraduate Research Scholars.
For questions and to learn more about Undergraduate Research for the Common Good, contact Dr. Johnathan Davis, Director for Undergraduate Research.