July 24-25, 2016 | Elon University | Elon, North Carolina

The proposal deadline (Extended) was November 30, 2015. Registration has closed.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by George Kuh and W. Brad Johnson, as well as multi-institutional research conducted through the 2014-2016 Elon University Center for Engaged Learning Research Seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research. While the impacts on student development associated with a mentored undergraduate research experience are fairly well accepted, the characteristics and processes related to the high-quality mentoring of undergraduate research remain to be elucidated. Six multi-institutional teams representing 26 institutions have conducted research exploring key characteristics of high quality undergraduate research mentoring, pathways to and through mentored undergraduate inquiry for underrepresented students, mentoring and student identity development, building capacity for mentored undergraduate research, mentoring models, and preparing future faculty as undergraduate research mentors.

We invited other scholars to join the culminating conversation about these inquiry projects and to share their own research related to one of the following themes:

  • Key characteristics of mentoring undergraduate research
  • Mentoring relationships and student development
  • Mentoring practices and faculty development in academic communities
  • Undergraduate research program development and implementation
  • Enhancing and evaluating undergraduate research outcomes

View the conference schedule.