Improving retention and graduate recruitment through immersive research experiences for undergraduates

Teresa Dahlberg, Tiffany Barnes, Audrey Rorrer, Eve Powell, Lauren Cairco

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Abstract

Research experiences for undergraduates are considered an effective means for increasing student retention and encouraging undergraduate students to continue on to graduate school. However, managing a cohort of undergraduate researchers, with varying skill levels, can be daunting for faculty advisors. We have developed a program to engage students in research and outreach in visualization, virtual reality, networked robotics, and interactive games. Our program immerses students into the life of a lab, employing a situated learning approach that includes tiered mentoring and collaboration to enable students at all levels to contribute to research. Students work in research teams comprised of other undergraduates, graduate students and faculty, and participate in professional development and social gatherings within the larger cohort. Results from our first two years indicate this approach is manageable and effective for increasing students' ability and desire to conduct research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE'08 - Proceedings of the 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Pages466-470
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 16 2008
Event39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2008 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Mar 12 2008Mar 15 2008

Publication series

NameSIGCSE'08 - Proceedings of the 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Other

Other39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2008
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period3/12/083/15/08

Keywords

  • Education
  • Undergraduate research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Education

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    Dahlberg, T., Barnes, T., Rorrer, A., Powell, E., & Cairco, L. (2008). Improving retention and graduate recruitment through immersive research experiences for undergraduates. In SIGCSE'08 - Proceedings of the 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 466-470). (SIGCSE'08 - Proceedings of the 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education). https://doi.org/10.1145/1352135.1352293