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STEP 2014 Session II-4 Notes: Resources to improve your Undergraduate Research and Internship Program

This was a panel moderated by Dr. John Davis, Dana Professor at Alma College.


Elizabeth L. Ambos, Executive Officer, Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Geologist

Kelly Mack
VP of Undergraduate of STEM Engineering Resources to Improve Undergraduate Research Program and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC & U)

Overview:  Resources on how to get undergraduate research started and sustained at institutions and the importance of catalyzing the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM was discussed.

The notes are attached.

Some of the following are take-aways mentioned in at this session (this is also in the notes):

1.  "Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research", a CUR publication:" 

2. Every 15 minutes a STEM changes her/his major to non-STEM majors or withdraws from her/his institution.  

3. We need to work on institutionalizing

• First year seminars
• Undergraduate research
• Diversity global
• Learning communities
• Common intellectual experiences

( From, George D. Kuh,  “High-Impact Educational Practices”, AAC&U, 2008)