Individual and Institutional Predictors of Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers: Findings from a Multi-Institutional Research Collaboration


  • Shannon N. Davis George Mason University
  • Rebecca M. Jones George Mason University
  • Nancy Berner The University of the South
  • Jayna Ditty University of St. Thomas
  • Pamela W. Garner George Mason University
  • Ann Johnson University of St. Thomas
  • Duhita Mahatmya University of Iowa
  • Jill Manske University of St. Thomas
  • Janet Morrison The College of New Jersey



mentoring and mentors


Undergraduate research is an experience that cultivates creative and intentional learners in and out of the classroom. Using unique data from an online survey of faculty members at three diverse colleges and universities, we investigate the individual and institutional factors that facilitate or inhibit faculty membersââ¬â¢ willingness to provide undergraduates with research opportunities.à We focus our analysis on individual and institutional explanations for faculty participation or non-participation as a research mentor to one or more undergraduates.à We examine the influence of demographic (e.g., gender, race, tenure status, discipline) and institutional characteristics (e.g., type of institution, perceived institutional supports) to statistically model the likelihood that faculty members had previously mentored undergraduates in independent research projects. We draw upon these findings to discuss implications for institutions desiring to increase student (and therefore faculty) undergraduate research experience.à


Author Biography

Shannon N. Davis, George Mason University

**2012 GMU Teachiner of Distinction Award**

**2013 GMU Teaching Excellence Award**





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