Is mentoring undergrads valued in computing research?

Yes! One signal of this is the number of awards for undergraduate research mentors.

CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award. This award recognizes individual faculty members who have provided exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of these students to research-focused graduate programs in computing.

NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. The award recognizes faculty for their outstanding mentorship,  research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). PAESMEM recognizes individuals for their mentoring of persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Fellows Award. The award recognizes Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science faculty mentors for their success in mentoring undergraduate students in research.

NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award. The award recognizes faculty members who combine outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields.