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Abstract Title: Examining effective mentorship in undergraduate research experiences at a large research institution
Abstract: Mentorship in the sciences often serves two general purposes: to equip students with the technical skills necessary to be successful in their field and to provide them with emotional support, sponsorship, and a sense of belonging in the scientific community. While both of these aspects of mentorship are important, emphasis is often placed on the teaching of technical skills rather than on the formation of a student's identity as a scientist. As part of a holistic study of student experiences in three undergraduate research programs at a large research institution, this paper focuses on the role of psychosocial mentorship, in particular the role of the mentor in developing the mentee's sense of belonging to a community, as perceived by faculty mentors and student mentees within the programs.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.F5

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kristin Oliver
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO
and Co-Presenter(s)
Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado Boulder