Professor Murray will illustrate the results of exploratory research projects in which he and student collaborators have used information available on college and university websites and in college guides to examine the relationship between formality of campus design and conventionality of student culture. The connection between the urbanism of a surrounding community to nonconformity of student culture is also explored.
This research topic has immediacy for all Bucknell faculty, given that both our physical plant and our student body are currently undergoing a process of transformation. Additionally, the studies combined qualitative and quantitative research methods and were informed by the literature of both the social sciences and the humanities. Finally, the projects illustrate ways in which undergraduate students can engage with faculty in collaborative research beyond the natural sciences.
campus culture, student culture, college campuses