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Promoting REU participation from students in underrepresented groups

Heather M. Russell and Heather A. Dye

Vol. 7 (2014), No. 3, 403–411

Research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) are an important component of undergraduate education. However, at the 2012 Trends in Undergraduate Research in the Mathematical Sciences conference, questions were raised about why many REU programs see few applications from students that are members of underrepresented groups. We examine the benefits of REUs and factors preventing or promoting participation in REUs.

research experience, undergraduate, education, underrepresented groups
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 97-06, 97A40, 97B99, 97C60
Received: 14 January 2013
Revised: 5 June 2013
Accepted: 11 October 2013
Published: 28 April 2014

Communicated by Darren A. Narayan
Heather M. Russell
Department of Math and Computer Science
Washington College
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, CA 21620
United States
Heather A. Dye
Division of Science and Mathematics
McKendree University
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254
United States