How Can REUs Help Retain Female Undergraduates? Faculty Perspectives (Case Study 1)
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. Professors Scott McCrickard of Virginia Tech University and Margaret Burnett of Oregon State University treat their undergraduate researchers as members of their respective research teams. Both professors have seen how undergraduates can make research teams more productive while encouraging students to further their research careers.