June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
NSF Grantees Poster Session
A Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program provided students from local community colleges with a 10-week-long summer research experience at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Each REU participant was assigned a research project, a faculty advisor, and a graduate student mentor. Few of the advisors and mentors had prior experience working with community college students, and few had received formal training in mentoring at all. In response, the REU director and a team of professional development specialists at the Museum of Science Boston designed a new approach to the typical REU mentoring workshop. This new workshop combined traditional mentor training content and approaches with some new content and approaches designed to 1) draw on the foundational experiences of the mentors themselves; 2) help them develop special sensitivity to dealing with the potential needs of a community college cohort; 3) stimulate the development of a peer-learning community for continued improvement in mentorship practices; and 4) place special emphasis on the importance of science communication training for mentors and mentees alike. Because of time constraints, the workshop was designed to fit into a four-hour session, including lunch. The mentoring workshop was attended by all graduate student mentors and several faculty members. Informal discussions with the participants and a post-workshop evaluation showed that faculty and graduate student participants found the workshop enjoyable and provided valuable insights and outcomes; this view was also shared by graduate students with prior experience mentoring undergraduate researchers. This paper provides details on the content of the workshop, its evaluation, and changes being made for the next mentoring workshop.
Barry, C., & Alpert, C. L., & Thate, K. (2017, June), Board # 5 : A Mentoring Workshop for an REU Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27868
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