Mentoring And Supporting Student Research: A Wider View
Location: JC Room D
This 40-minute roundtable will invite discussion on mentoring student researchers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with special focus on strategies and resources beyond the classroom to support student researchers in integrating their curricular, professional, and personal goals. Research activity typically takes shape in the context of a studentâs formal academic curriculum or degree requirements (such a thesis, dissertation, capstone, or honors project), yet research also represents an opportunity for reflection, self-discovery, and to explore new intellectual and professional pathways. While intellectual mentorship comes primarily from faculty advisors in the studentâs field of study, campus-wide resources such as undergraduate research experiences, writing consultants, and fellowship advisors can play an important role in nurturing emerging researchers. These forms of co-curricular support also serve to directly address issues of access by connecting students to research funding and mentorship and offering training in the writing, self-advocacy, and self-presentation skills required to successfully pursue independent research and professional development opportunities. Teaching and learning outcomes go beyond mastery of academic content to incorporate skills such as the ability to write for multiple audiences, identify and pursue funding opportunities, and engage in collaborative research. This roundtable will invite participants to share strategies and insights for mentoring student researchers that take the whole person and the wider spectrum of academic, professional, and personal goals into account.
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