Special Issue Call for Papers: Co-mentoring, Mentoring Networks, and Mentoring Models, Fall 2017

Extensive literature has underscored the benefits of undergraduate research (UR) as a high impact practice (Kuh, 2010; Lopatto, 2010). Some faculty identify mentoring UR as beneficial to their development. However, limited research has explored different models of mentoring. Additionally, the impact of different models on students and faculty is unknown. The practice of undergraduate research varies across the disciplines (Kinkead, 2003) and different mentoring models, in particular, warrant further investigation and elaboration.

In the PURM 2017 Special Issue on Co-mentoring, Mentoring Networks, and Mentoring Models, we invite pieces that explore the use of nontraditional models of mentoring across various disciplines.

Topics might include:
Identifying and defining different mentoring models.
Exploring the impact of mentoring models on student outcomes and/or faculty development.
Comparing models that involve multiple mentors to the traditional one-student-one-mentor model.
How institutions can support, encourage, and recognize a variety of mentoring models.
How faculty and students can overcome the perceived and institutional barriers that might impact co-mentoring, mentoring networks, and mentoring models.

For the Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (PURM) Fall 2017 special issue on Co-mentoring, Mentoring Networks, and Mentoring Models, educators and students are invited to submit papers that explore different mentoring models and how the unique challenges and experiences impact student outcomes and faculty development. We are open to all topics that address this broad theme.

PURM is an open-access, 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. 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.

Submissions typically have a student author or co-author, and should address mentoring of undergraduate research in one or multiple professional disciplines, either through a theoretical, empirical, review, experiential dialogue, conversation/roundtable, or viewpoint perspective. For more information about the types of articles accepted by PURM, please visit the website at:

To be considered for the Special Issue on Co-mentoring, mentoring networks, and mentoring models, Fall 2017, manuscripts must be received by May 15, 2017. Full submission guidelines may be found on PURM’s website at Any questions regarding PURM, the submission and review process, or article inquiries for the Special Issue may be directed to Dr. Cindy Fair (, Dr. Caroline Ketcham (, or Dr. Karl Sienerth ( Special Guest Editors. All other inquires may be directed to Dr. Meredith Allison, Editor-in-Chief, PURM:

Kinkead, J. (2003).  Learning through inquiry: An overview of undergraduate research.  New Directions for Teaching and Learning,  2003 (93), 5-18.

Kuh, G. (2008).  High-impact Educational Practices. What they are, who has access to them and why they matter.  AAC&U: Washington, DC.

Lopatto D. (2010) Undergraduate research as a high-impact student experience, AAC&U Peer Review, 2(12); 27-30.