Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (PURM) is an open, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal supporting the mission of undergraduate research and the programs that strive to provide undergraduate students opportunities to participate in scholarly activities with faculty mentors. The journal’s purpose is threefold:
- To create a home for scholarly contributions to the process literature in undergraduate research and mentoring
- To provide a space for the multiple voices of undergraduate research and mentoring to share experiences and develop professionally
- To continue to build a sense of community among those involved in undergraduate research and mentoring
Undergraduate research is defined broadly at PURM to include traditional research and creative endeavors that result in a product with potential for dissemination in an appropriate peer-reviewed forum. We support the Council on Undergraduate Research’s definition of undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline” and assert that effective mentoring is a critical ingredient in successful undergraduate research experiences. PURM’s unique focus on the process of undergraduate research and mentoring rather than the products of these activities provides a space for the growing undergraduate research community to share experiences, opportunities, concerns, and challenges in a rigorous, professional venue.