Background: I am a lecturer in computer science, but my research is mostly theoretic and mathematic, so I ask here.
I want to encourage my undergraduate students to become research students after their graduation (as master or Ph.D. students). To do this, I have to explain to them what it means to be a research student. As undergraduate students, they are used to just doing what we tell them to: we give them homework, they do the homework as requested, and get a grade. However, as research students they will have to be much more creative, bring more ideas of their own, take the initiative, try new directions, etc. I started to write a short document describing to undergraduates how the life of a research student looks like, but then I figured that someone must have done this before.
Do you know of a short text that explains to undergraduate students the meaning of doing research (as graduate students) in a way that is both accurate and attractive?