What is it about?

This work proposes a framework that can help students early on to contribute meaningfully to science. As a result students are better prepared for graduate work or industry jobs. Our framework was tested at BYU and is expected to work elsewhere. We found that students mentored with the framework can graduate with multiple publications and strong skillsets.

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Why is it important?

This is one of very few reports that investigate the relationship between a research professor and mentored undergraduates. A better framework for teaching and mentoring research assistants can help students to get more out of their degrees and provide assistance to new faculty members that want to help students but have no good approach available to them.


This work summarizes my experience after teaching over 30 undergraduate students at BYU during the first years of a tenure track position. The framework is very powerful and has helped many students grow rapidly into productive scientists. I think that many other students and faculty members could benefit from this model.

Dennis Della Corte
Brigham Young University

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This page is a summary of: Training undergraduate research assistants with an outcome-oriented and skill-based mentoring strategy, Acta Crystallographica Section D Structural Biology, July 2022, International Union of Crystallography,
DOI: 10.1107/s2059798322005861.
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