Mentoring and Advising

Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Mentoring Undergraduate Research

I have two goals for mentoring undergraduate research. First, I provide opportunities for students to assist my research projects to give them hands-on research experience. Because my research populations are usually current college students, undergraduate students are excited to analyze patterns and contribute their own insights to research design and analysis. Five undergraduates students are currently serving as research assistants, sometimes earning independent study credit. They have assisted with instrument design, conducting interviews, open coding, and systematic coding, among other tasks.

 

Second, I oversee and guide projects initiated by undergraduate students. Sometimes these projects are initiated by ambitious students in my courses who want to analyze data for their term paper. Other times the projects are independent study, senior thesis, or other research outside of class. I have assisted with project design, small grant applications, IRB applications, instrument creation, data analysis, writing, and editng. One student was able to publish the findings of her project for which I was the faculty advisor in an undergraduate journal, UNC JOURney.

Advising Undergraduate Students

2016-present   Assistant Director of Social and Economic Justice Minor 

As the assistant director of this interdisciplinary minor, I have experience advising hundreds of students on their course selection, minor decisions, and post-graduation aspirations. I work with students to understand their goals and figure out the best academic path to achieve those goals. 

2019-present    Pre-Graduate School Advisor 

As a pre-graduate school advisor, I have been trained to advise students from a wide variety of disciplines about graduate school aspirations, admissions, and resources. 

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