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2014 The role of graduate students in research experience for undergraduates programs
Michael Karls, David McCune, Lara Pudwell, Azadeh Rafizadeh
Involve 7(3): 369-372 (2014). DOI: 10.2140/involve.2014.7.369


In this article, we consider the role of graduate students as mentors in research experience for undergraduates (REU) programs, as reflected by a breakout session at the Trends for Undergraduate Research in Mathematical Sciences (TURMS) conference. We consider the benefits of using graduate students to the institution running the program and to the participating undergraduates. We also consider the benefits that the graduate students themselves gain from working in an REU, and we warn of potential problems that can arise when employing graduate students in this context. We discuss the role of postdoctoral fellows and other undergraduates in REU programs and conclude with questions about graduate student mentors that merit further discussion.


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Michael Karls. David McCune. Lara Pudwell. Azadeh Rafizadeh. "The role of graduate students in research experience for undergraduates programs." Involve 7 (3) 369 - 372, 2014.


Received: 15 January 2013; Revised: 14 October 2013; Accepted: 19 November 2013; Published: 2014
First available in Project Euclid: 20 December 2017

zbMATH: 1298.97038
MathSciNet: MR3423942
Digital Object Identifier: 10.2140/involve.2014.7.369

Primary: 00B20 , 00B25

Keywords: graduate students , research experience for undergraduates

Rights: Copyright © 2014 Mathematical Sciences Publishers


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