Fall Meet & Greet

We will be holding a fall meet & greet for all Olson Scholars, Olson Scholar Mentors, and faculty associated with the Olson Scholars Program on Wednesday, September 2, 5:00-7:00 pm in the SIS Undergraduate Program Suite.  Light refreshments will be served.  This will be a great chance to meet or reconnect with your faculty mentor, meet Olson Scholars from the first cohort, and get to know each other a bit.  Make sure to save the date now and stop by on the 2nd!

Summer Reading Suggestions

As I thought ahead to the research journey that you will all start this fall, I asked some of our best scholar-teachers about readings that they might recommend for the summer.  These readings are not about to any specific issue or research topic.  Instead, they are all readings designed to stimulate your sense of curiosity and exploration, and to start you thinking about how we “know” things about the world.  Thinking about, and reflecting on, these questions are essential to being a good researcher, so there is no time like the present to get started!

Suggestions from Dean Jackson

These two short texts both push us to go beyond our preconceived notions about research and the social world–and make us rethink what we can know and how we can know it.

Suggestions from Dr. Shinko (SIS Undergraduate Program Director)

Both of these readings open us up to different (and probably unexpected) ways of seeing, researching, and understanding the world.  Allow yourself to be challenged a bit in reading these excellent articles!

Suggestions from Dr. Field

We will explore questions of ethics and knowledge in SIU-206 and then in even more depth with Prof. Field in SISU-306.  Here are a few readings to get you thinking about the deeper ethical and philosophical questions associated with being part of the social world that we also research and seek to understand.

Suggestions from Dr. Boesenecker

Here are some lighter, but important, pieces that all have something to say about the process of scientific inquiry, the tools we use to know the world, and the (often flawed) assumptions we have about data and tools for research.

Take a moment to read through a few of these and then share your thoughts here!   This is an excellent way to re-engage your brain and start to get ready for the coming semester.  Feel free to post a reply to this posting, or to post your own original post with your thoughts to the Class Site here (remember to click “Class,” “SISOlson,” and “SISOlson15” in the Categories menu if you write an original post).  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and observations!