Advocating for Undergraduate Research & Institutions
I am an advocate for primarily-undergraduate institutions (PUI) - both as environments that are positioned to confront society’s most pressing sociotechnical problems, and also as institutions that offer a compelling balance of teaching and research for new faculty. I curate a PUI job ad website, write/give talks about working at PUIs, and frequently mentor graduate students about the PUI hiring landscape.
I also advocate for undergraduate research within my scholarly community, and see undergrad researchers as a critical (but often overlooked) group within academia. I believe that we need to interrogate our selection processes and success metrics in undergraduate research, mitigate academia’s barriers to participation, and view undergraduate research as a critical opportunity for enriching the perspectives in our research communities.