Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research
Underrepresented students have less knowledge of research experiences available on campus and are less likely to feel supported by faculty than represented students. To address these issues and increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate researchers, faculty at the College of William & Mary created the William & Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE). Community based and participatory research methods were used to work with students in developing research questions and in collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data about their academic and personal experiences. This led to the development of academic and research advising services, workshops, faculty education, and research funding to support underrepresented students. This article evaluates the program. Results suggest that the WMSURE program has increased research opportunities and feelings of support on campus.
Dickter, Cheryl L.; Charity Hudley, Anne H.; Franz, Hannah A.; and Lambert, Ebony A., Faculty Change from Within: The Creation of the WMSURE Program (2018). Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, 2(1), 24-32.