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The role of graduate students in research experience for undergraduates programs

Michael A. Karls, David McCune, Lara Pudwell and Azadeh Rafizadeh

Vol. 7 (2014), No. 3, 369–372

In this article, we consider the role of graduate students as mentors in research experience for undergraduates (REU) programs, as reflected by a breakout session at the Trends for Undergraduate Research in Mathematical Sciences (TURMS) conference. We consider the benefits of using graduate students to the institution running the program and to the participating undergraduates. We also consider the benefits that the graduate students themselves gain from working in an REU, and we warn of potential problems that can arise when employing graduate students in this context. We discuss the role of postdoctoral fellows and other undergraduates in REU programs and conclude with questions about graduate student mentors that merit further discussion.

research experience for undergraduates, graduate students
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 00B20, 00B25
Received: 15 January 2013
Revised: 14 October 2013
Accepted: 19 November 2013
Published: 28 April 2014

Communicated by Darren A. Narayan
Michael A. Karls
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
United States
David McCune
William Jewell College
500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068-1896
United States
Lara Pudwell
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Valparaiso University
1900 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383-4516
United States
Azadeh Rafizadeh
William Jewell College
500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068-1896
United States