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Undergraduate Research in the Sciences: Engaging Students in Real Science

ISBN: 978-0-470-22757-2
320 pages
July 2010, Jossey-Bass
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Undergraduate research enhances the learning experience of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Undergraduate Research in the Sciences offers a groundbreaking and practical research-based book on the topic. This comprehensive resource addresses how undergraduate research benefits undergraduate participants, including those populations that are underrepresented in the sciences; compares its benefits with other types of educational activities and experiences; and assesses its long-term value to students and faculty as both a scholarly and educational endeavor.

In laying out the processes by which these benefits are achieved, this important book can assist faculty and program directors with practical guidance for design and evaluation of both new and existing undergraduate research programs.

Praise for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences

"This meticulous, definitive study of the effects of working with a faculty member on research as an undergraduate confirms the overall value of the experience by taking us deep into the minds and actions of participants—both faculty and students. As a result we now have many more compelling reasons to get more students involved with research mentors and ways to optimize the benefits for all parties."—George D. Kuh, Chancellor's Professor and director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research

"This timely book offers a unique, comprehensive analysis of undergraduate research in the sciences, based on the voices of college students and faculty mentors who have participated in these voyages of discovery. As our nation struggles to train more scientists, this book will be a valuable resource for designing undergraduate research experiences that can build our country's capacity for discovery and innovation."—Arthur B. Ellis, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, San Diego

"The text is written in a lucid and engaging style and will be a valuable guide to policymakers, academic administrators, and faculty members who want to find ways to engage undergraduates in the 'real work' of investigation."—Judith A. Ramaley, president, Winona State University

"This book is a 'must-read' for anyone who directs undergraduates in research. It presents an impressive and rigorous body of work that brings fresh insights into the field of undergraduate research. The next generation of scientists will benefit greatly from the findings and recommendations!"—Jo Handelsman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Yale University

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Table of Contents

The Authors ix

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

1 What Is Undergraduate Research, and Why Does It Matter? 1

2 What Is Known About the Student Outcomes of Undergraduate Research? 23

3 What Do Students Gain from Conducting Research? 41

4 Are the Gains from Research Unique? 67

5 What Are the Career and Longer-Term Impacts of Undergraduate Research? 89

6 How Do Minority Students Benefit from Research? 113

7 How Do Research Advisors Work with Students? 135

8 How Do Research Advisors Mentor, Advise, and Evaluate Students? 165

9 What Are the Costs and Benefits to Research Advisors? 179

10 Summary, Implications, and Issues for the Future 201

Appendix A: Interview Samples 221

Appendix B: Research Design and Methodology 227

Appendix C: Interview Protocols 235

Appendix D: Detailed Frequency Counts for 251

Observations of Student Gains

References 259

Index 277

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