Mentoring Undergraduate Research in Statistics: Reaping the Benefits and Overcoming the Barriers

Joseph R. Nolan, Kelly S. McConville, Vittorio Addona, Nathan L. Tintle, Dennis K. Pearl

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Abstract

Undergraduate research experiences (UREs), whether within the context of a mentor-mentee experience or a classroom framework, represent an excellent opportunity to expose students to the independent scholarship model. The high impact of undergraduate research has received recent attention in the context of STEM disciplines. Reflecting a 2017 survey of statistics faculty, this article examines the perceived benefits of UREs, as well as barriers to the incorporation of UREs, specifically within the field of statistics. Viewpoints of students, faculty mentors, and institutions are investigated. Further, the article offers several strategies for leveraging characteristics unique to the field of statistics to overcome barriers and thereby provide greater opportunity for undergraduate statistics students to gain research experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-153
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Statistics Education
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 3 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Education
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty

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