Encouraging Faculty Mentorship of Student Research

Incorporation into Faculty Workload and Other Strategies

Topics: Research Administration, Research Enterprise

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Summary

Institutions frequently provide undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct research, perform creative work, or engage in internships, and encourage faculty mentorship of these students.

This report outlines models to incorporate undergraduate research and creative work into major curricula and faculty workloads.

  • Key observations from our research:


    1. Profiled institutions incorporate undergraduate student research into department-designed major requirements.

    2. Incorporate mentorship into regular faculty workloads when conducted for required or elective courses.

    3. Provide stipends for summer research mentorship to encourage faculty involvement outside of the academic year.

    4. Most profiled institutions partially or fully fund both student-only and faculty-accompanied travel to research conferences.

    5. Incorporate faculty mentorship of undergraduate research into non-service tenure and promotion categories if most faculty mentors already maintain sufficient service engagements.

    6. Hire faculty who are already engaged and interested in undergraduate research to minimize need for basic training on undergraduate research.