Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research

Considerable evidence shows that undergraduates who engage in research projects are more likely to be engaged students and more likely to consider advanced study, especially in the sciences. While many colleges have undergraduate research programs, many are unsure how to grow these efforts in size and breadth of participation.

On Wednesday, June 24, at 1 p.m. Eastern, Mary K. Boyd and Jodi L. Wesemann will lead an audio conference to help colleges with such efforts. The audio conference will be based on their new book, "Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research: Fostering Excellence and Enhancing the Impact," published by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Among the topics they will cover:

• How colleges can reach groups of students who have lagged in participation in research (minority students, female students, students in their first and second years of college, etc.)
• How to develop a plan to improve participation of all groups and to involve appropriate stakeholders.
• How to develop appropriate measures for success.
• How expanding undergraduate research will affect not only the students, but also professors and institutions.

The program will be based on concrete examples from a range of institutions – two-year and four-year, public and private, large and small. The program will feature a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question-and-answer period. The entire program will last one hour.

The conference is ideal for:

• Provost’s offices
• Academic affairs personnel
• Deans
• Department chairs
• Student affairs
• Diversity offices


The "Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research" audio conference costs $199 for a single telephone line; listen yourself or with a group around a conference table. Register early -- through Monday, June 8 -- and the cost is only $149. Upon registering, you'll be e-mailed information about how to dial in. A day before the conference, we'll send you a PowerPoint that you can use to follow along with the presentation. This is an audio-only conference; you will not need to be connected to the Internet to participate.

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About the presenters:

Mary K. Boyd is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego, Previously, she was a professor of chemistry and chair at Georgia Southern University. She has been a lead investigator on numerous National Science Foundation grants and is chair of the NSF-Research Experiences for Undergraduates Leadership Group. Jodi L. Wesemann is assistant director for higher education at the American Chemical Society. Previously, she was associate professor of chemistry at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she conducted research with undergraduate students. Her postdoctoral position at Harvey Mudd College was supported by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Scholar/Fellow Program for Undergraduate Institutions.

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