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Expanding the REU Model Within an iSchool Context: Exploring iConference’s Potential Role in Addressing Underrepresentation

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This paper briefly explores the extant literature surrounding both the potential and critiques of undergraduate research initiatives built to address underrepresentation and develop pipelines for underrepresented students into graduate programs within the information (and related) fields. We then discuss one particular US-based iSchool program whose structure aims to address common criticisms and embeds presenting research at iConference into its curriculum. While not a formal study, this paper presents students’ reflections that emerged during program evaluation, discusses potential implications and next steps to systematically examine the role iConference, and perhaps other conferences, may play in addressing underrepresentation.


  • Undergraduate research
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Recruitment and retention
  • iSchool education

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The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We would like to thank each of our participants and all i3 Scholars who have participated in the i3 program and iConference.

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Booth, K.M., Eikey, E.V., Sanchez, J., Figueroa, J., Falana, A. (2020). Expanding the REU Model Within an iSchool Context: Exploring iConference’s Potential Role in Addressing Underrepresentation. In: Sundqvist, A., Berget, G., Nolin, J., Skjerdingstad, K. (eds) Sustainable Digital Communities. iConference 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 12051. Springer, Cham.

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