2007 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 24, 2007
HUB West Ballroom

Session Description


Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers: Where to begin?

Janice DeCosmo and Jennifer Harris - Undergraduate Research Program, Center for Experiential Learning


Now more than ever, undergraduates are taking on significant roles in research settings at the UW and in addition to faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students are often assuming primary responsibility for guiding these developing researchers. In addition to supporting undergraduate student involvement in faculty research, the Undergraduate Research Program is committed to assisting faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who wish to augment their mentoring repertoire for undergraduate researchers. Our work highlights best practices for mentoring undergraduate researchers, including communication of goals and expectations of mentees and mentors, elements of effective mentoring, and where to go for resources. We invite visitors to discuss ideas and challenges they have experienced in mentoring undergraduate researchers.


A graphic illustration of this growing trend is that over 600 students will present their work this year’s Tenth Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, a 13% increase over last year and a continuation of a decade-long pattern of growth.




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