I’m thrilled to announce my acceptance into the Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS) program at the University of Michigan, School of Information! This 12-week intensive summer research appointment pairs graduate research fellows with leading University scholars, who serve as mentors on a major research projects.
I’ll be working under the mentorship of Soo Young Rieh, Ph.D. on her research project Searching as Learning for Critical and Creative Thinking. In support of this project, I’ll be conducting a comprehensive literature review across multiple disciplines, including information science, learning science, and education, on topics including critical thinking, the concept of creativity, learning technologies supporting creativity, and the assessment of learning. I’ll also be developing and pilot testing the validity of data collection instruments that will be used to collect empirical data about critical and creative learning, including search scenarios to be used in a user study, pre- and post-search questionnaires to assess student learning outcomes, and interview guidelines to investigate student learning experiences.
In addition to our research projects, REMS fellows take part in an in-depth orientation, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and weekly educational seminars on research and scholarship in the information sciences. REMS fellow are also required to complete the Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship. Participation in the REMS program is generously funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Faculty Allies for Diversity Program.
I’m very excited to spend my first summer out of graduate school living, working, and learning at one of the top research universities and iSchools in the United States. I could not think of a better opportunity to bridge my master’s degree and my future doctoral studies.