Undergraduate Researchers: Mentees and Mentors

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Jenni L. Redifer, Ph.D.
Derick Strode, Ed.D.
Cathleen Webb, Ph.D.


This article describes the tiered mentoring approach to undergraduate research at a regional comprehensive university. In addition to mentorship of undergraduate student researchers by faculty and graduate students, tiered mentoring includes high school student researchers. The high-impact practice of student research is particularly impactful at this institution, where 40% of first-year students are first-generation college students, and the campus houses a residential science, technology, engineering, and mathematics high school. The wide variety of opportunities for student research involvement, including opportunities for students to serve in both mentee and mentor roles, has contributed to tiered mentorship becoming a prominent component of our university culture. Strategies for beginning and expanding the involvement of high school students as researchers in postsecondary settings are discussed.


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Redifer, J. L., Strode, D., & Webb, C. (2021). Undergraduate Researchers: Mentees and Mentors. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.14434/josotl.v21i1.30361
Author Biographies

Jenni L. Redifer, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University

Associate Professor of Psychology & Assistant to the Dean for Research, College of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Derick Strode, Ed.D., Gatton Academy of Math & Science

Assistant Director, Academic Services

Cathleen Webb, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University

Professor of Chemistry & Associate Dean for Research, Ogden College of Science & Engineering