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Undergraduate research emphasis
of Great Plains Honors Conference
By Ann Mary Landis
John Janovy spent Friday evening
telling his audience what most of them
already knew: Undergraduate
research has no substitute.
Janovy, professor of biological sci
ences at die University of Nebraska
Lincoln, reminded about 200 honors
students and faculty members of the
merits of research. His audience came
from six states to present research pro
jects for the Great Plains Honors
Conference last weekend.
The fact that students had com
pleted projects was an important les
son in itself, Janovy said, as he stressed
the importance of students finishing
what they start.
Gwen Ericson, academic adviser
for the honors program at St. Louis
University, said she agreed.
“For the students,"(research is)
really an important opportunity to do
something where they’re forced to put
something together,” she said.
Janovy said research has different
advantages from knowledge gained in
a lecture hall. Education is achieved,
he said, not spoon fed.
“They learn how to generate
knowledge rather than accept. They
learn how to contribute to the world’s
knowledge,” Janovy said.
He called the students “the intel
lectual leaders of the nation” and “the
hope of the future.”
Jennifer Nolte, a student at
Southeast Missouri State College, said
she wasn’t as interested in contribut
ing to the world’s knowledge as she
was in satisfying her own curiosity.
“You learn for yourself, and
because you’re doing it for yourself,
you know you’re interested in it,” said
Nolte, a sophomore psychology
Janovy said research provides
lessons that he and other college
instructors can’t teach.
“(Researchers) have learned to do
something on their own,” he said.
“They’ve learned something I can’t
teach. These are permanent lessons.
“When you do research, you know
you’re learning things you can’t learn
in a classroom.”
Research can help scientists real
ize their limitations as well, Javony
said, because it’s the only way to learn
that some problems can’t be solved.
Some students at the conference
said they wanted to use research to
help them further their academic
“Anytime you do any sort of
research,” Nolte said, “graduate
schools are going to look at it. You’ve
got a little bit of an edge.”
UNL could improve climate
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Crump said, it is obligated to meet
requirements proposed by the civil
rights office. The university’s fed
' eral funding is not in jeopardy,
Administrators and selected
faculty members, students and
staff who will have the next two
weeks to draft a*plan detailing pro
posed measures to improve the
three areas the civil rights office
For civil rights policy, Crump
said, the investigators called for a
range of punishments for someone
who violates the university’s anti
The civil rights office said
investigations of possible racial
harassment must be completed
faster and reported to the affirma
tive action office more than the
current annual reports.
The office said students, facul
ty members and staff also should
undergo some kind of diversity
training, something Okubanjo said
would help ease UNL’s racial ten
Because many UNL students
come from small, mostly white
towns, Okubanjo said, the universi
ty needs a program to help expose
those students to minorities.
Faculty members, though, are
the most important link in the
diversity chain, he said.
Teachers using examples that
include minorities and women will
help students realize the impor
tance'of diversity in their lives,
The three targeted areas, along
with the university’s continuing
work on its diversity plan, will help
create the more-welcome environ
ment UNL should be, Crump said.
“It’s a concern to me,” Crump
said, “if as an institution of higher
ed, that we’re looking at being
about not just intellectual pursuits,
but making sure we have a good,
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