Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS)

Evidence-based practice is becoming increasingly important in library and information science (LIS) and archives and records management (ARM), yet few Master’s programs offer significant exposure to research beyond a required methods course. To address this problem, UMSI lead investigator Elizabeth Yakel proposes an immersive 12-week summer research program for master’s students enrolled in archival education and library and information science programs. The program will focus on increasing students’ competitiveness for doctoral programs and augmenting their research skills to make them better evidence-based practitioners.

Start date: 3/1/2015
End date: 3/30/2018

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Elizabeth Yakel, professor of information and associate dean for research and faculty affairs, received a $444,462 award to support her Research Experience for Master’s Students project. The project will provide immersive 12-week summer research opportunities to master’s students enrolled in archival education and library and information science programs. 

A number of UMSI faculty members and partners from U-M Libraries, the Bentley Historical Library, U-M School of Education Teaching and Learning Exploratory, and the Inter-university Consortium for Social and Political Research will offer a range of research experiences that will better prepare master’s students for research careers. These experiences will focus on increasing students’ competitiveness for doctoral programs and augmenting their research skills to make them better evidence-based practitioners.

It is anticipated that 30 master’s students and three doctoral students will participate in the program over three years. These individuals will learn more about research and research management processes, and the expectations of doctoral programs and other research-based career paths.

Grants

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program, Institute of Museum and Library Sciences; $444,462

The mission of the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

The Institute’s Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty who will prepare them for careers in library science. It supports grants for library education research and library staffing needs, curriculum development, and continuing education and training.

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