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Research experience is not just for students

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Science  19 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6339, pp. 713-714
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6339.713-f

The benefits of authentic research experiences for undergraduate students are well documented, but how do research advisors benefit from having undergraduate students in their lab? Hayward et al. interviewed 30 research advisors at various career stages about their motivation for supporting undergraduate research. Responses indicated that a blend of instrumental and intrinsic motivation influenced most advisors, whereas a small group of advisors, all in the early stages of their careers, reported only instrumental motivation. These differences in motivations likely affect the way that advisors work with students and may serve as the starting point for designing new methods for training, and retaining, high-quality research advisors.

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