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High Impact Practices (HIPs)

Undergraduate Research



To create meaningful academic and real-world experiences for our students through undergraduate research.

Valid research experiences in academia are not always equated to original research; also critical to the field of research is the ability for scholars to validate original research. This too provides opportunities for all students at Pikes Peak Community College to gain valuable research experience. Undergraduate Research at Pikes Peak Community College seeks foster an environment where community partners, the administration, staff, faculty and most importantly students create a rich, high-impact academic experience that aids with the following:

  1. Students will increase their knowledge of academic resources utilized by the larger academic community.
  2. Students will learn research methods; increase their ability to both identify and utilize research methodology; understand what constitutes standards of research in their given field(s).
  3. Students will create networks of collaborators to include faculty mentors, fellow peer-researchers, and community partnerships.
  4. Students will be able to communicate orally and through presentation their research to a diverse audience; be able to work with faculty to publish their findings.

Undergraduate Research Guidelines:

  1. Identify a research project.
  2. Include a syllabus statement. See example below.
  3. Make sure you have at least one reflection assignment. This can be informal, just as long as you are doing it.
  4. Students share their findings, individually or in groups. This can be done through the PPCC EXPO, the Math/STEM Colloquium, or CSURF, or any discipline-specific publication you choose.
  5. We ask that you use the HIPs survey and rubric, and that you have a conversation with your supervisor about this work
  6. We have lots of good info about undergraduate research on the website, including the student-facing page Introduction to Research Process


Sample UR Syllabus Statement

"This section of [AAA 101] is a PPCC endorsed Undergraduate Research (UR) class, where part of the course will be spent on UR activities.  This activity will support course objectives, while promoting at least two of the following skills: inquiry, topic development, constructing a research question or a working hypothesis, collecting data via primary or secondary source material or experimentation, use deductive or inductive reasoning to analyze data, and reflection.  All UR classes must use either writing assignments, oral presentations, or publication in an academic or school journal, like Parley, in an effort to report findings to a larger scholarly community. "



Present and Publish Findings



Math/STEM Colloquium

Liberal Arts Humantiies Forum (LAHF)


The Paper


Research Partners

The Quad

  • The Quad is a student-driven and project-based program that develops solutions to problems posed by local companies and non-profit organizations. 
  • Students develop their skills in professional and leadership roles while working in teams.
  • They also build relationships and skills that may result in future employment.
  • Students are paid for 10 hours a week: 4 hours with their team, 6 hours independent work



HIPs Faculty Specialists are peer experts who are ready to assist fellow faculty to implement or improve high impact practices.

Glenn Rohlfing

History Faculty



Amber Morean

Biology Faculty



Have general HIPs questions? Contact: 

Pikes Peak State College Libraries
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