Researching in Undergraduate Mathematics Education: Possible Directions for Both Undergraduate Students and Faculty

Part of the Foundations for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics book series (FURM)


Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME) is a new field to both mathematics and mathematics education. It borrows theory and methodology from other disciplines including psychology, sociology, and neurology. At its core, RUME is attempting to find out about the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics education in order to improve it. In this book chapter, I attempt to give a quick overview on how to conduct RUME with undergraduate students. I pull from my experiences as a mentor of ten undergraduate projects. There is also a suggested timeline of RUME in a semester, some ways to generate RUME open questions, and a large amount of open questions conjectured by others. My hope is that this book chapter has information for both mentors and undergraduates alike.



Thank you to the editors for even considering me; it was an honor. Thank you to Emily Cilli-Turner and Estrella Johnson for reading and making comments prior to submission while always being supportive. I am always indebted to my advisors for their support and care for my professional well-being, while allowing me to be myself throughout this academic journey. Finally, to my family; they are my energy, life, and love.


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  1. 1.University of OklahomaNormanUSA

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