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Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Best Practices

Speakers: Margaret Burnett
Topic(s): Education

 


Abstract
Research Experiences for Undergraduates have been shown to have very positive results for recruitment, retention, and helping good students excel in computing majors. These experiences are particularly helpful for members of underrepresented groups in computing, such as women and ethnic minorities. 

This talk focuses on best practices research experiences involving one faculty member and one or a few undergraduate students, who may or may not be connected to a larger team of graduate students. For this context, it explains some of the concrete benefits of undergraduate research in computing to both students and faculty mentors. It then guides potential faculty mentors through the three stages of an REU: Before the REU (deciding to get involved and getting started), during the REU (faculty mentor activities and student activities), and after the REU (post-REU assessment and next steps for student researchers).


This talk is accompanied by a pointer to a (free) "kit" from the National Center for Women in Technology, which documents these best practices and provides concrete resources to help implement them. The speaker was one of the co-authors of this kit.

 


About this Lecture

Number of Slides: 30
Duration: 45 minutes
Languages Available: English
Last Updated: 02-14-2012
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