Current Issue P U R M 3.1

Letter from the Editors
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Mathew Gendle, Elon University, U.S.
Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Elon University, U.S.

Research Article
Graduate Students as Mentors to Undergraduates in Research: A Discussion of Benefits and Limitations
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Abstract: In this essay, we use preliminary data to encourage a broader discussion of the nature of the undergraduate research experience. More specifically, we suggest the use of graduate students as mentors for undergraduate researchers and share details about a specific intervention.
Rebecca C. Jordan, Rutger University, U.S.
Wesley R. Brooks, Rutgers University, U.S.

Dialogues
Student, Staff, and Faculty Reflections on Undergraduate Research Experiences during the First Six Years of an Undergraduate Exercise Science Laboratory involving Human Subjects
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Abstract: Undergraduate research experiences may be perceived differently by students, staff, and faculty. To explore these differences, three students, three staff members, and two faculty members all involved in undergraduate research during the first six years of an exercise science laboratory reflected on their experiences.
Evan A. Enquist, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, WI, U.S.
Mike R. Bumgarner, WuXi AppTec, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.
Rachel M. Barkley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, U.S.
Heath J. Weeks, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, U.S.
Eric V. Swafford, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, U.S.
Angela R. Dahl Miller, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, U.S.
Christopher L. Kliethermes, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, U.S.
David S. Senchina, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, U.S.

Class-based Research in the English Composition Class
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Abstract: Undergraduate research has been long thought to take place in the sciences only. This article argues that English composition classes, as an example of the humanities, can offer a scaffolding environment and mentoring opportunities for students to learn about and engage in original research projects.
Lilian Mina, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, U.S.
Megan McAfoose, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, U.S.
Megan Moulden, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, U.S.
Shannon Zilavy, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, U.S.

Research Experiences in Geospatial Science and Technology Project at the Bronx Community College
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Abstract: Geospatial technology is an emerging discipline and a high-growth industry that is facing critical shortages in skilled labor. At the Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (BCC-CUNY), several undergraduate students were trained and guided on research projects in geospatial technology. They were trained in analyzing data, writing technical reports, and delivering presentations. The six months of research experience introduced them to geospatial technology, project management, time management skills, and team-work. The paper describes their achievements. Hopefully, their experience will inspire other undergraduates in learning new technologies in a limited time frame. The paper underlines the important role that research plays in undergraduate education.
Karolyn Jimenez, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, U.S.
Kaba Aboubakar, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, U.S.
Eric Nez, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, U.S.
Leroy Brown, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, U.S.
Mohammad Rahman, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, U.S.
Sunil Bhaskaran, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, U.S.

Call for Applications
Interested in exploring the realities and possibilities of undergraduate research mentoring with a multi-institutional, multi-national group of scholars? There is still time to apply for the Elon University Center for Engaged Learning Seminar on Mentoring Undergraduate Research. Learn more about the topics participants in this2014-2016 in-depth seminar will explore, and consider applying by 5:00 PM Eastern on October 31, 2013.

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