Event Title

Exploration of Good vs. Bad Undergraduate Research Mentoring from the Student’s Perspective

Presentation Type

Poster Session

Location

Burnett Honors College Lounge

Start Date

8-10-2010 5:30 PM

End Date

8-10-2010 7:00 PM

Description/Abstract

What specifically makes an undergraduate research mentoring relationship successful from the student’s perspective? Seventy-nine undergraduates with research experience completed a survey about their undergraduate research mentor(s). Results indicated that students valued all aspects of the research mentoring relationship. Participants’ responses were categorized using Kram’s (1983) mentoring functions of Vocational Support, Psychosocial Functions, and Role Modeling to investigate which functions were most valued by the students. While most students reported having a positive mentoring relationship, 20% indicated having a “bad” research mentor. Data was collected on perceptions of good vs. bad mentorship from the students’ perspective. Themes and implications are discussed.

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Oct 8th, 5:30 PM Oct 8th, 7:00 PM

Exploration of Good vs. Bad Undergraduate Research Mentoring from the Student’s Perspective

Burnett Honors College Lounge

What specifically makes an undergraduate research mentoring relationship successful from the student’s perspective? Seventy-nine undergraduates with research experience completed a survey about their undergraduate research mentor(s). Results indicated that students valued all aspects of the research mentoring relationship. Participants’ responses were categorized using Kram’s (1983) mentoring functions of Vocational Support, Psychosocial Functions, and Role Modeling to investigate which functions were most valued by the students. While most students reported having a positive mentoring relationship, 20% indicated having a “bad” research mentor. Data was collected on perceptions of good vs. bad mentorship from the students’ perspective. Themes and implications are discussed.