Supporting Effective Mentors of Undergraduate Research: The Importance of Structured Preparation and Training

Session Time and Location

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Room: Room:
Maplewood B
Session Track
Session Format

How can institutions support the development of research mentoring skills for faculty and future faculty? This session will present resources from a research mentoring toolkit and research findings from an NSF-funded study of a graduate/undergraduate research mentoring program to demonstrate the importance of training future faculty in how to mentor undergraduates in research. Workshop participants will engage in conversation about how to best support faculty and future faculty as research mentors. Participants will identify how research mentoring skills are developed on their campuses, share their experiences, and develop a plan for increasing support for research mentoring at their institutions.

  • Session References +

    Finley, A. and T. McNair. Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2013. 

    Handelsman, J. et al. Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, 2005.

    Merkel, C. and S. Baker. How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers. Washington: Council on Undergraduate Research, 2002.

     Reinventing Higher Education: A Blueprint for America’s Research Universities. Stony Brook, NY: Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University, 1998.