Research on First Generation Students
On this page, you will find links to the research on first generation students and graduates that informs the work we do everyday. We approach first generation student success from three perspectives: academic success, personal success, and professional success.
Accordingly, we’ve divvied up the research papers we’ve compiled into those three categories. You will find that some of the research entries are duplicated or even triplicated because we think they provide relevant insights across multiple categories.
The research we’ve compiled on this page has been published in books, in journals, and on websites by passionate and interested researchers. In some cases, the publisher has made the research freely available. In others, the publisher has paywalled it. Wherever possible, we’ve attempted to link to an open source version of the research. In cases where the research is not available open source, you may need to reach out to your school’s library or to the authors themselves to get a copy of the paper. For an email template to use in the latter case, click here.
Dear Professor [insert name here],
I am reaching out to you because I am hoping you might be willing to share a copy of your [paper/journalarticle] about [insert topic here].
I am a [first generation student/administrator/staff member/applicable category]. I am affiliated with[institution/workplace] but my [institution/workplace] does not have access to [journal the article/paper was published in] and I cannot afford the cost of purchasing the [article/paper]upfront. I am interested in reading the article because I’m [interested in first generation students/using the article in a research paper/using the article to create an initiative at my institution for first generation students].
I am therefore reaching out in the hopes that you might be willing to share the article with me. In the event that you are, I will not share the article with anyone else other than as cited material without your explicit consent.
Thank you for your important research about [insert topic here] and for your time and consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.
[your name here]
How should you use this template?
You can copy-paste this into an email to the researcher you’re reaching out to. You will first need to find their email. If you can find a link to the paper they’ve published, you can usually find their institutional affiliation and look them up in the institution’s directory. Once you’ve copy-pasted the template, remember to replace the bolded/bracketed text with the right words. Then hit send!
What’s the worst thing that can happen if I send this email?
The worst thing that can happen is that the researcher will say no or not respond. Don’t take this personally as researchers are often very busy and they may not have time to respond. In some cases, they may simply not want to share their paper in this particular setting. Don’t despair, and consider reaching out to your local librarian at school or in your community.