3/6/2011

Resources for Mentors of Undergraduate Research


 

Making the Most of Undergraduate Research 

REU-in-a-Box Resource developed by the NCWIT Academic Alliance guides faculty mentors through the three stages of an REU (before, during and after).

Slides from the workshop presented at SIGCSE 2011

 

Articles and Books on Mentoring Undergraduate Research

"The Mentoring Role in Undergraduate Research Projects", M. Malachowski, CUR Quarterly, Dec 1996. 

How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers, L. Temple, T. Q. Sibley, A. J. Orr, from the Council on Undergraduate Research "How To" Series.

"Mentoring Undergraduates: A Guide for Mentors", University of Miami. [Some site-specific information but provides generally useful information as well.]

Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond, National Academy Press, 1996.

Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering, National Academy Press, 1997.
 
"Building an Undergraduate Computer Science Research Experience", S. Hadfield and D. Schweitzer, Frontiers in Education, 2009.
 
"Score: Agile Research Group Management", M. Hicks and J. S. Foster, Communications of the ACM, October 2010. [This focus of this article is grad student mentoring, but there are some interesting ideas that can be used in mentoring undergraduates as well.]
 
 

Exercises for Mentors to do with their Students

Learning Objectives: Students learn how to (1) focus their active reading without getting lost in details), and (2) write summaries an analyses of other people's research.

Learning Objectives: Students learn (1) how to perform a thorough literature search using the proper resources and processes, and (2) how to organize their discovered articles.

Learning Objectives: Students learn (1) how to perform a thorough literature search using the proper resources and processes, and (2) how to distinguish between good and bad sources.

Learning Objectives: Students learn how to give a brief (2-5 minutes) overview of their research interests.

Learning Objectives: Students learn how to summarize research and identify problems, contributions, evidence, and meaning of their own and other research.

Learning Objectives: Students learn how to read and analyze someone else's code.

 

 

Advice for Mentors on Specific Topics

How to Write a Graduate School Recommendation Letter, S. Krishnamurthi, Brown University.

 

 

Resources for Undergraduate Student Researchers

How to Read an Engineering Research Paper, W. Griswold, UCSD.

Giving Talks, S. Drysdale, Dartmouth College.

Writing Technical Articles

How to get your papers published, Matt Welsh, 2009.

Designing Research Posters

Conferences with Student Research Poster Sessions and/or Competitions

 Funding for academic year research and summer research opportunities

 Graduate School Guide for Women and Minorities in Computer Science and Engineering, CRA-W and CDC.

Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates