PWR's Blog Posts

Helping Students Make the Most of Library Days

Overview: Students in PWR 1 and 2 spend a significant amount of time conducting research at the Stanford Library. Instructors can help their students make the most of their library excursions by helping to give students concrete goals and activities to complete at the library. These two activities offer students charts to complete and questions to answer as they start to gather sources for their research projects.  The activities are designed to be independent of the library workshop and can work well as a follow-up to build and reinforce search skills.

"Research Refresher:" Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Overview: Designed for PWR 2 students returning to research for the first time since PWR 1, this activity asks students to hunt for a diversity of sources and align them with the source types defined in Joseph Bizup's "BEAM" framework.

Activity title: "Research Refresher:" Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Author: Angela Becerra Vidergar

The Hume 15th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, May 11 marked a very special day for the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: the celebration of its 15th anniversary.  Friends of Hume from PWR and across the university marked the occasion with two events: “Growing Up and Out,” a panel discussion featuring Hume directors, past and present, and an anniversary celebration – complete with food and performances – in the Hume lounge.

2016-17 PWR Research Grant Updates

Last year, PWR awarded eight research grants to support the scholarly work and intellectual projects of its instructors.  Now that the 2016-2017 academic year is coming to a close, the grant recipients were asked to reflect on their work over the past few months.  Read below to learn more about each of the projects and their progress:

Instructor News: May 2017

Adam Banks, along with History Professor Allyson Hobbs, was awarded the St. Clair Drake Award for Excellence in Teaching at a ceremony at the Black Community Services Center this month.  The award is presented to faculty members who have "inspired students intellectually and demonstrated commitment to enhancing the intellectual vitality/academic environment of the Black community" (BCSC website).