From Diversifying Economic Quality: A Wiki for Instructors and Departments
http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/pediatrics_research/documents/benefitsofundegraduateresearchexperiencesScienceMay2007.pdf http://www.cswep.org/summerfellows/index.htm http://www.econ.ucsb.edu/aeastp/academics.html
REUs have been strongly endorsed by major science organizations including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation as essential to advancing and enhancing student learning. Students are paired one-on-one with faculty research mentors to directly connect subject material learned in the classroom to current scientific inquiry. In so doing, students acquire and hone new laboratory and research skills such as “making use of primary literature, formulating research hypotheses, interpreting data, and communicating the results of research” (Kardash, 2000, 2004). REUs are particularly prized for the use of collaborative learning and inquiry-based learning as well as interdisciplinary focus.