Best Practices in Undergraduate Research Project Team

The Best Practices in Undergraduate Research project is focused on identifying and sharing best practices in undergraduate research. Best Practices in Undergraduate Research is a collaborative project of the CRA committee on Education (CRA-E) that includes representatives from the NCWIT AA, the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC). The team is working with the CRA CERP (Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline: http://cra.org/cerp/) to identify best practices for conducting undergraduate research (both individual and group) in computing and impacts such programs have on their participants. In order to share best practices, the team is developing a website for faculty research mentors that offer advice and resources on running an undergraduate research program, funding opportunities to support undergraduate research, and other related items.

Best Practices in Undergraduate Research Project Team Goals:

  • Work with the CRA-E committee to build and launch a website targeted at faculty mentors of undergraduate research projects
  • Make the website a companion to a site targeting undergraduates interested in research that is already deployed by CRA

Best Practices in Undergraduate Research Project Team Activities:

In order to share best practices, the team is developing a website for faculty research mentors that offer advice and resources on running an undergraduate research program, funding opportunities to support undergraduate research, and other related items. This site will be developed with CRA IT staff and hosted on the CRA server. It will be analogous to the CCC's CS URGE website but intended for faculty rather than students. It will include pointers to and additional material relevant to the NCWIT REU-in-a-Box resource.

The goal is to launch the site by Spring 2014.

If you would like to contact the Best Practices in Undergraduate Research Project Team for more information about their goals, activities, and resources, or if you are interested in joining the Best Practices in Undergraduate Research Project Team, please send an e-mail to ncwit-burp@googlegroups.com.

People Involved: 

Patricia Morreale

Co-chair Liaison

Felicia Doswell

Project Team Co-leader