Break Updates

It has been a minute since I’ve updated the blog. Somehow, a majority of the fall semester has gone by and today’s my last day “in the office” before taking some time off. Penn State just has three more weeks before our long Winter Break and I’m hoping that means some long days for focusing […]

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Making the Space: Project Updates

As part of the year of support through IRDL, our cohort had monthly meetings between August 2019 and May 2020. Each month, a couple of cohort members would update the group on their project’s progress and share both successes and challenges. A common thread in these updates was around making space for our projects and […]

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Learning throughout the research process

This afternoon I sat outside on my balcony, opened up NVivo, and got back to coding. The interview I was tackling one of our first interviews, done way back in October. It might have been the first solo interview I did out of the 24 and the one the interviews where, in the interview, I […]

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Project Goals for 2020

Wrapping Up Fall 2019 Hi all! I can’t believe the fall semester is already coming to an end. It really flew by! This was my last semester as an undergrad and I’m so happy Mapping the Student Engagement Journey was a part of it. I’ve already learned so much about research surrounding student engagement, libraries, […]

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Reflections and goals for the end of the year

It’s Fall Break here at Penn State and things have been extra quiet in the library. For me, this break means shifting my focus to some bigger projects (like undergraduate research) without being pulled in a million different meeting directions. It’s a needed lull, but I will say that I miss the students and chatting […]

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Thoughts on Penn State Faculty Senate Reports

Penn State’s Progress Hi everyone, it’s Ally! A couple weeks ago, Hailley suggested I review various Faculty Senate Reports  to learn more about Penn State’s progress with student engagement. These reports included the 2012 Task Force on Internships, the 2013 Task Force on Undergraduate Research, and timeline of Engaged Scholarship Initiatives from 2012 to 2017. I noticed […]

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Why I wanted an undergraduate research assistant

It was probably a year ago when I started thinking about this research project. The call had just opened up for the Student Engagement Network Faculty Academy positions and I knew the IRDL applications would open in December. As I put together my various essays, CVs, and budget proposals, I knew I wanted to have […]

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Research in Collaboration: Why I’m talking about my research

A picture of many megaphones

If you know me or have collaborated with me before, you know I have a certain energy when I’m really jazzed about something. The sort of energy where you can truly sense my enthusiasm as it oozes out of me. And when I begin, I give you a look that says, “Buckle up, I’m jazzed […]

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