Where do graduate students find mentors? CERP revisited a prior analysis with updated data from the 2020 Data Buddies Survey and discovered the most common sources for mentors. Additionally, CERP uncovered some significant differences between where men and women graduate students find mentors.
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Where do graduate students find mentors? CERP analyzed results of the 2018 Data Buddies Survey and discovered the most common sources for mentors. Additionally, CERP uncovered some significant differences between where men and women graduate students find mentors.
Analyzing data collected graduating computing students during the spring of 2018, CERP replicated findings indicating that students with formal research experience are more likely to apply to graduate school and enroll in doctoral programs compared to students without any formal research experiences during their undergraduate program.
CERP data indicate most undergraduate students have not participated in formal research during their college career to date. When asked whether those students plan to pursue formal research before they graduate, many indicate they are unsure or do not plan to do so. This infographic presents students’ reasons for uncertainty or lack of interest.
Social science is instrumental to computing not just to help answer the question of “what can we do?”, but also “what should we do?” As algorithms and autonomous agents become increasingly part of daily life, the issue of algorithm bias, for example, requires much input from both social sciences and humanities. And as the world becomes ever more awash in digital data and as our technology becomes ever more adept at wading through it, social scientists are helping us understand the implications for privacy and offering ways to preserve it.