This is a talk in the graduate seminar MTH 607: Building Inclusive, Equitable, Respectful and Welcoming Mathematical Communities.
In R1 institutions many undergraduates are left out of the experience of a research institution, and barely interact with tenure track faculty or graduate students. REU programs have partially filled this gap in recent years. However, they are competitive and do not necessarily address diversity and inclusivity issues.
The Directed Reading Program or DRP is a mathematics mentoring program in which graduate students mentor undergrads on reading projects. The program was started at the University of Chicago and has now been adapted by 18 schools nation wide. The DRP encourages diversity in the sciences by getting students from underrepresented groups to participate in the scientific experience.
In this presentation, we give an overview of this exciting project. Moreover, with the help of the audience we explore how such a project could be used to address two overarching issues: Firstly, to encourage underrepresented and first generation students to pursue a career in mathematics. Secondly, in creating an environment where all students feel that they are a part of a larger mathematical community.