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Creating Effective Undergraduate Research Programs In Science: The Transformation from Student to Scientist


reviewed by John Mateja June 23, 2009

coverTitle: Creating Effective Undergraduate Research Programs In Science: The Transformation from Student to Scientist
Author(s): Roman Taraban and Richard L. Blanton
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748773, Pages: 272, Year: 2008
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For both novices and experienced practitioners in the arena of undergraduate research, Creating Effective Undergraduate Research Programs in Science: The Transformation from Student to Scientist by Roman Taraban and Richard Blanton is a “must read.” Individuals in both groups will learn something new about the impact of undergraduate research experiences and about the elements of successful programs. Why is undergraduate research important?  Why is this book both important and timely? To answer these questions, one must first understand the state of education in the United States. Since the publication of A Nation at Risk in 1983, numerous reports have called on the U.S. science education community to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in this country (Gardner (1983); Neal (1986); Kenny (1998); Kenny (2002); Washington (2003); Ramaley (2002); Augustine (2007)). The concern was so great when A Nation at Risk was published that the authors went so far as... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 23, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15668, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:44:40 PM

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  • John Mateja
    Murray State University
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    JOHN MATEJA (Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity at Murray State University) earned his doctoral degree in nuclear physics from the University of Notre Dame. He has been involved in the development of undergraduate research programs for over 30 years. He is a past president of the Council on Undergraduate Research and serves on the Board of Governors of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. He has held positions at Argonne National Laboratory, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.
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