The Directed Reading Program Network
A Directed Reading Program is a one-on-one mathematics mentoring program
in which graduate students mentor undergrads in term-time or summer reading projects.
Initiated at the University of Chicago in 2003 by two graduate students, DRPs now run at more than 15
institutions across the country -- most founded through grassroots efforts of DRP alumni.
As well as the obvious benefit to undergrads from one-on-one attention,
we believe that DRPs can have a major impact on broadening participation in math
by fostering individuals' increased self-identity as a mathematician
while providing a credential for acceding to higher levels in math.
This applies to the mentors as much as the mentees.
Supported by an NSF EHR/DUE grant, we are developing a national DRP Network to
facilitate information-sharing for new and existing programs through an
initial conference and online resource center, provide suggestions
for projects and materials for running the program, offer seed funding for new DRPs,
and employ an education researcher to study the mechanisms and measurable outcomes of participation.
DRP network organizers:
Mark Behrens, Moon Duchin, Kathryn Mann, Candice Price, Felipe Ramirez, Gigliola Staffilani, and Bena Tshishiku.