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Activity Number: 125 - SPEED: Modernization of What, How, and Where We Teach Statistics Part 1
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #304988 Presentation
Title: Successful and Sustainable Undergraduate Research in Statistics Through Vertical Integration of Experience and Horizontal Integration of Disciplines
Author(s): Audrey E Hendricks*
Companies: University of Colorado Denver
Keywords: undergraduate; research; experience; collaboration; multidisciplinary; undergraduate research

Undergraduate research is a powerful tool for exposing students to statistics and preparing them for data science careers. Scaling statistics undergraduate research programs to more than a handful of students can be a challenging investment of time and resources, especially for junior faculty. Here, I discuss how I developed a successful and sustainable program as an Assistant Professor. To increase sustainability, I built a team with varied research experience and use tiered and peer mentorship. The mentorship structure encourages a cohesive group and enables students to gain leadership experience. PhD students’ experiences in such a program enables them to port this model and promote undergraduate research at their future institutions. We use technology to enable virtual chats, sharing code, and tracking of action items. Vertical integration protects faculty time and enables a larger team, which engages students from a wide array of academic backgrounds. This variety of expertise leads to greater creativity and helps students learn to communicate across disciplines, an in-demand skill for careers in academic and industry where multidisciplinary collaboration is common.

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