Emerging Challenges and Solutions in Running Inclusive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) in the Geosciences II

Session ID#: 7645

Session Description:
Involving undergraduate students in research can significantly increase their retention in the STEM fields and help them gain professional skills, learn to think like a scientist, and raise interest in graduate school. Nonetheless, undergraduate research is a time and resource intensive activity for faculty.  REU staff deal with issues in the recruitment and selection of diverse student cohorts, providing mentor support & research projects, developing effective professional development sessions, or program evaluation. New challenges emerge every year, such as adapting projects to 2YC students, field safety and sexual harassment, or even how the larger discussion of race on a school campus is manifested in individual REU programs.  This session encourages papers on challenges and solutions to issues like these.  Papers that present approaches informed by scholarly literature or program evaluations are strongly encouraged so that the community of undergraduate research coordinators become aware of and can build upon relevant literature.
Primary Convener:  Rebecca Haacker, NCAR, Education & Outreach, ASP, Boulder, CO, United States
Conveners:  Daphne S LaDue, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, United States and Valerie Sloan, UCAR, Boulder, CO, United States
Chairs:  Rebecca Haacker, NCAR, Education & Outreach, ASP, Boulder, CO, United States, Daphne S LaDue, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, United States and Valerie Sloan, NCAR|UCAR, Education & Outreach, Boulder, CO, United States
OSPA Liaison:  Valerie Sloan, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Education & Outreach, Boulder, United States
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Bridgette Elizabeth Clarkston, California State University Monterey Bay, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, Seaside, CA, United States and Corey Garza, California State University Monterey Bay, Marine Science, Seaside, United States
Itchung Cheung, Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, United States
Donna J Charlevoix, UNAVCO, Inc. Boulder, Education and Community Engagement, Boulder, CO, United States and Aisha R. Morris, UNAVCO, Inc. Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States
Brian L Bingham, Shannon Point Marine Center, Western Washington University, Anacortes, WA, United States
Marianne Smith, Citrus College, Glendora, CA, United States and Jan Osborn, Chapman University, Orange, CA, United States
Shelley N Pressley and Jennifer E LeBeau, Washington State Univ, Pullman, WA, United States
Laura Beth Sample McMeeking, Carlie D. Trott, Kathryn Boyd and Cheryl Bowker, Colorado State University, STEM Center, Fort Collins, CO, United States

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