Mentoring undergraduate interdisciplinary mathematics research students: junior faculty experiences
Gevertz, Jana L.
Kim, Peter S.
Wares, Joanna R.
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To be successful, junior faculty must properly manage their time in the face of expanding responsibilities. One such responsibility is supervising undergraduate research projects. Student research projects (either single or multi-student) can be undertaken as a full-time summer experience, or as a part-time academic year commitment. With many potential undergraduate research formats, and with different types of students, junior faculty may find challenges in forming their research group, establishing a structure that promotes student productivity, picking an appropriate project, or in effectively mentoring their students. This article draws from the authors’ experiences to help junior faculty navigate these complexities so that all parties reap the benefits of undergraduate research in interdisciplinary mathematical disciplines.
J.L. Gevertz, P.S. Kim and J.R. Wares, 2017. Mentoring undergraduate interdisciplinary mathematics research students: junior faculty experiences. Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies 27: 352-369