Six Steps for Cultivating Successful Undergraduate Research
Published on: May 1, 2020
Regardless of the profession, we have all been privy to the stifled groans and witnessed the collective cringing that can occur when a well‐meaning colleague or enterprising student asks: “Do you need an intern/summer research assistant/student worker?”
It can be true that mentoring undergraduate projects can be quite the undertaking, but with the proper groundwork, appropriate goals, and clear communication, taking on a mentorship role does not need to be more work than its worth. Instead, it could be argued that successful undergraduate research can benefit an entire academic department, from undergrads to post‐docs to faculty, and even the field and community at large.
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