UR toolkit: Best Practices for Chemistry REU Programs

This post is the first in a CURChem series on tools for the Undergraduate Research Community. There are resources out there to help you do research with undergraduates effectively on your campus, and we are going to help you find them. Are you currently running an REU or are you thinking about starting one on your campus?  Two CUR Chemistry members with long histories of working with Chemistry REU programs, Mark Griep and Linette Watkins, co-edited an ACS Symposium Series volume titled Best Practices for Chemistry REU Programs.


Are you currently running an REU or are you thinking about starting one on your campus?  Two CUR Chemistry members with long histories of working with Chemistry REU programs, Mark Griep and Linette Watkins, co-edited an ACS Symposium Series volume titled Best Practices for Chemistry REU Programs. The book disseminate information about successful NSF-sponsored Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sites based on the information presented at ACS spring national meetings held in 2013, 2016 and 2017 in the Divisions of Chemical Education and Professional Relations. The book is available online now and will be available in print in this December 2018. Eleven chapters describe REU programs at a diverse array of institutions and one chapter describes the Chemistry REU Leadership Group. The authors have shared the expertise they acquired using a broad range of approaches, multi-disciplinary collaborations, and multi-institutional collaborations. Each author contributes distinctive and partially overlapping perspectives into the complex factors that produce successful summer research programs. These authors describe excellent models for professional development and mentor training workshops. This book provides undergraduate research faculty advisors at universities across the nation the information needed to design thoughtful and efficacious undergraduate research programs.  Aspiring principal investigators should find a wealth of useful information that should enable them to write competitive proposals to fund their own summer research programs.

Editor Bios. Dr. Mark A. Griep is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Linette M Watkins is a Professor and Department Head of Chemistry and Biochemistry at James Madison University.

 

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