Mentoring a student with an Undergraduate Research project will benefit faculty members as well as the student. Mentors will make contributions to their field of expertise and enhance their quality of teaching while providing support and guidance to the students in a one-on-one teaching environment.
Helpful Mentoring Tips and Articles
Read articles about mentoring undergraduates and their research projects:
- The Mentoring Role in Undergraduate Research Projects (PDF)
- Successful Mentoring of Undergraduate Researchers (PDF)
- Lessons I've Learned from Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research (PDF)
Faculty Mentor of the Month
The Office of Undergraduate Research has created a new initiative to recognize faculty members who excel at mentoring students in Undergraduate Research. This requires a time commitment above and beyond their normal teaching duties. At the end of each month, a Faculty Mentor of the Month will be selected by the Office of Undergraduate Research. This selection will be based upon online nominations received from Students, Staff and Faculty.
To be selected as a Faculty Mentor of the Month, the Faculty member must:
- Actively mentor a minimum of one student in an Undergraduate Research project.
- Actively engage in their own scholarship appropriate for their field of study.
- Be recognized by a student, staff or faculty member of the college through the online nomination form.
Each Faculty Mentor of the Month will receive a certificate and be recognized through college publications such as KC Morning E-Notes. At the end of the academic year, the Office of Undergraduate Research will recognize a Faculty Mentor of the Year. This faculty member will be selected from the list of Faculty Mentors of the Month from that academic year. This faculty member will be recognized during the Spring Undergraduate Research and Creativity Awards Dinner and will receive a stipend and certificate.