Chapter 3 Resources

Undergraduate Research Mentoring Relationships: A Mechanism for Developing Social Capital for Underrepresented Students

Written by Pamela W. Garner, Duhita Mahatmya, Rebecca M. Jones, and Shannon N. Davis

Discussion Questions

  • What mentor characteristics are associated with cultivating social capital among historically underrepresented minority (URM) students, and why are these particularly beneficial?
  • In this study, how was historically underrepresented minority (URM) students’ sense of social belonging impacted by UR participation? Did the findings correspond with your expectations and/or experiences?
  • What are the most critical barriers facing historically underrepresented minority (URM) students who might or might not become involved in UR? Are there specific supports for URM students at your institution? What else might be done to elicit higher participation rates?