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Top 10 Factors Critical to Successful Undergraduate Research for Faculty

According to the Council of Undergraduate Research, faculty identified the top 10 factors that were critical to their success in undergraduate research. 

1.  Students are hardworking and commit time to research

2.  Availability of resources and institutional support

3.  Do-able project or research program that can adapt to different levels of expertise

4.  Students’ initiative, curiosity, and excitement toward research

5.  Student-faculty relationship: sense of community and open communication

6.  Faculty time availability to work with students (reduced formal course load)

7.  Faculty establishes clear expectations about deadlines, responsibilities, and research outcomes

8.   Students’ motivation toward conducting research

9.   Students’ communication skills (oral and written)

10. Students’ information literacy

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