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Mentoring in Undergraduate Research Study


Research is thought to be a transformative experience in which students gain disciplinary knowledge and skills, become more expert in the practices of science, develop confidence and a sense of belonging in the scientific community, and develop their educational and career plans. Extensive research has shown that mentors play a critical role in this process. However, minimal research has focused on the negative or problematic experiences that students have with their mentors. Prior qualitative work by this research group has identified the range of negative mentoring that undergraduates can experience while doing research. This study produced a survey with robust validity evidence to quantitatively assess the range of mentoring experienced by undergraduate researchers. The manuscript describing the development of the measure and the associated validity evidence is being revised based on peer review; the preprint is currently available. This survey enables researchers to explore how variation in mentoring impacts undergraduates and allow programs and mentors to evaluate their mentoring quality.


This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1841061, entitled Measurement of Negative Mentoring in Undergraduate Research. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.