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Undergraduate research (UR) is widely believed to enhance the learning experience of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. This is the first comprehensive, practical, research-based book on undergraduate research. It addresses how the benefits to UR participants arise; compares the benefits of UR with other types of educational activities or experience; the long-term value of UR; and more. Intended to assist both existing and new UR practitioners with program design and evaluation needs, the book will also be useful to the wider community of academics, policy-makers, and funders of UR programs.
1 What Is Undergraduate Research, and Why Does It Matter?
2 What Is Known About the Student Outcomes of UndergraduateResearch?
3 What Do Students Gain from Conducting Research?
4 Are the Gains from Research Unique?
5 What Are the Career and Longer-Term Impacts of UndergraduateResearch?
6 How Do Minority Students Benefit from Research?
7 How Do Research Advisors Work with Students?
8 How Do Research Advisors Mentor, Advise, and EvaluateStudents?
9 What Are the Costs and Benefits to Research Advisors?
10 Summary, Implications, and Issues for the Future.
Appendix A: Interview Samples.
Appendix B: Research Design and Methodology.
Appendix C: Interview Protocols.
Appendix D: Detailed Frequency Counts for Observations ofStudent Gains.