A review of undergraduate research programs aimed at underrepresented students

Heather K. Beasley, Zer Vue, Melanie R. McReynolds, Kit Neikirk, Edgar Garza-Lopez, Margaret Mungai, Andrea G. Marshall, Bryanna Shao, Jazmine Benjamin, Celestine N. Wanjalla, Clintoria R. Williams, Sandra A. Murray, Haysetta D. Shuler, Annet Kirabo, Antentor Hinton

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It is well-understood that the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have unique challenges that discourage recruiting and retaining underrepresented minorities. Research programs aimed at undergraduates have arisen as a critical mechanism for fostering innovation and addressing the challenges faced by underrepresented minorities. Here, we review various undergraduate research programs designed to provide exposure to undergraduates, with a focus on underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines. We provide insight into selected programs' objectives, key features, potential limitations, and outcomes. We also offer recommendations for future improvements of each research program, particularly in the context of mentorship. These programs range from broad-reaching initiatives (e.g., Leadership Alliance) to more specific programs targeting underrepresented students. By offering a nuanced understanding of each program's structure, we seek to provide a brief overview of the landscape of diversity-focused STEM initiatives and a guide on how to run a research program effectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102997
JournalSTAR Protocols
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 21 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology

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