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Scholarship on Undergrad Research


There is a great deal of scholarship to suggest that mentored undergraduate research promotes student learning, career decision-making, and even retention. Here are just a few examples you may want to consider.

Benefits of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Russell, Susan H. & Hancock, Mary P. and McCullough, James. (2007), Science. Vol. 316; 548–549.

Undergraduate Research Experiences Support Science Career Decisions and Active Learning, Lopatto, David. (2007) CBE Life Sciences Education. Vol. 6, No. 4; 297–306.

Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Partnerships Affect Student Retention, Nagada, Biren A., et. al. (1998) The Review of Higher Education, Vol. 22. No. 1; 55–72.

Becoming a Scientist: The Role of Undergraduate Research in Students' Cognitive, Personal, and Professional Development Hunter, A.-B., Laursen, S. L. and Seymour, E. (2007), Becoming a scientist: The role of undergraduate research in students' cognitive, personal, and professional development. Sci. Ed., 91: 36–74. doi: 10.1002/sce.20173

Promoting Student Learning and Scholarship Through Undergraduate Research Journals: A Political Science Emphasis Mack Mariani, Fiona Buckley, Theresa Reidy and Richard Witmer (2013). Promoting Student Learning and Scholarship through Undergraduate Research Journals. PS: Political Science & Politics, 46, pp 830–835. doi:10.1017/S1049096513001133.

Assessing the Value of Research in the Chemical Sciences: Report of a Workshop National Research Council (US) Chemical Sciences Roundtable. Assessing the Value of Research in the Chemical Sciences: Report of a Workshop. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1998