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Studying the Role and Impact of Mentoring on Undergraduate Research Experiences

SourceNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Author(s): Pfund, C.

Despite the wide-spread belief that mentoring plays a critical role in the retention and success of researchers across the career spectrum, the actual evidence to support the claim is weak. This article addresses the primary issues impeding progress towards a common understanding of mentoring, its impact on undergraduate research experiences (UREs), and what needs to be done to advance research and target interventions which will ultimately improve the undergraduate research experience and the subsequent outcomes. A framework for these issues and recommended next steps are presented.