Many students recognize the benefits of research participation to their intellectual growth, as well as their vocational aspirations. In a review of research on undergraduate research ("What Good is Undergraduate Research, Anyway?," The Chronicle of Higher Education, http://chronicle.com/weekly/v53/i50/50a01201.htm) several studies confirmed the prior belief that student research results in learning gains for students, as well as effects on students' career paths. Most students enjoyed their experience and recognized their increase in learning and self-confidence. A satisfactory experience encouraged students to enter graduate programs and even pursue a Ph.D. Student satisfaction was partly determined by whether they had an "authentic" research experience and the nature of the relationship with their faculty mentor. Thus, your role as faculty mentor is critical.
The Center for Research-Education Activities at Tulane has developed this website as a resource for students at differing stages of interest in undergraduate research. We recommend that you refer students to the For Students section of our website and to these specific subtopics as a first step to addressing their inquiries about undergraduate research:
For students who want to know more about research in general to see if research interests them, refer them to:
For the student who is just getting started with research and wants to know the opportunities that exist for pursuing research in specific areas, on and off campus, refer him/her to:
For the student who has done research and wants to know what opportunities exist to present his/her research at conferences or through publications, refer him/her to:
Two indispensible resources for both faculty and students:
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