Faculty Handbook: Mentoring Undergraduates in Research and Scholarship
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) has made significant headway in fostering a new culture of undergraduate research and scholarship. Undergraduate faculty mentors have enhanced the quality and scope of their research programs, resulting in an enrichment of UAA’s research mission and reputation. The growth in undergraduate research experiences at UAA has also given our students a better educational experience, making them more competitive for graduate school and industry jobs.
For some, the research experience can be a life-changing event. For example, we have seen students pursue advanced degrees and careers as scientists as a direct result of their undergraduate research experience. Moreover, undergraduate research projects have proven to be excellent instruments for students to challenge themselves, learn how to work as a team, interact meaningfully with their mentor, and learn important scientific and problem-solving skills.
This handbook is intended as guidance for mentoring undergraduates in research and scholarship at UAA. To get a broad picture of how undergraduate researchers are mentored at UAA, we solicited and received essays from twenty-one faculty members across different disciplines, schools, and colleges. We would like to thank all of these faculty members for volunteering their time to make this handbook possible.
The following collection of essays represents a concerted effort by UAA faculty members who truly believe in UAA’s mission to “discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement, and creative expression.” These essays are as diverse as the faculty who wrote them. A common thread, however, is each faculty member’s commitment to mentoring their students in research and scholarship. Several faculty describe how rewarding it is to see their students grow in maturity, confidence, and expertise as they engage in research. We invite you to explore the rewards that come from close interaction with intelligent and stimulating students.
Eric S. Murphy, Ph.D.
Kenrick Mock, Ph.D.
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Part II: Library Research
Part III: Mentoring Undergraduates at Extended Campuses
Part IV: Community-Based Research
Part V: Undergraduate Thesis Projects
Part VI: A Bridge to the University
Part VII: Undergraduate Research Across the Disciplines