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Abstract Title: Access to undergraduate research opportunities at a large research university
Abstract: The American Physical Society recently released a statement calling on all university physics departments to provide all undergraduate students with access to research experiences. In response, we investigated the current status of access to undergraduate research at CU-Boulder, a large research institution where the number of undergraduate physics majors outnumber faculty by roughly ten to one. We created and administered two surveys within CU-Boulder's Physics Department: one probed undergraduate students' familiarity with, and participation in, research; the other probed faculty members' experiences as research mentors to undergraduates. We describe the development of these instruments, our results, and our corresponding evidence-based recommendations for improving local access to undergraduate research experiences. We further present suggestions for how this process could be adapted for use in other departments.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Stephanie Hanshaw
Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
631 W. 123rd Ave #8208
Westminster, CO 80234
Phone: 9703186612
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dimitri Dounas-Frazer, Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
Heather Lewandowski, Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder