More undergraduates, more publications

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Science  13 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6360, pp. 184-185
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6360.184-e

The benefits to students of undergraduate research experience have been well documented, but what are the benefits for the faculty mentors? One possibility is faculty-student publications, an important outcome both for students' scientific development and for faculty promotion. Morales et al. examined predictors of faculty-student publications, including measures of faculty-student collaboration, faculty commitment to undergraduate students, and faculty characteristics. Results show that faculty who were productive in publishing with undergraduates worked with students for more than 1 year, enjoyed teaching students about research, had mentored black students, and had received more grant funding. Results from this study can be used promote faculty awareness that undergraduates can be successful participants in their laboratories.

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