How Can REUs Help Retain Female Undergraduates? Affinity Research Groups (Case Study 2)
Undergraduates with positive research experiences feel more confident and motivated to enter graduate programs. To facilitate successful REUs, supportive faculty advisors or graduate mentors should clearly communicate goals to students and allow them to spend a large amount of time on research, increasing independence as the project progresses. The Affinity Research Group model (ARG) integrates student participation in research teams and a structured cooperative learning environment. The result is greater engagement, increased confidence, increased likelihood of pursuing a graduate degree, and the development of collaboration skills.