Mentoring Undergraduate Student Research
Suggestions for Successful Mentoring
A. Hold regular meetings.
B. Organize the group.
- Include undergrads in group meetings, journal discussions, etc.
- Have undergrads interact with graduate students and, if possible, with post-docs.
C. Promote progress.
- Set expectations in advance.
- Define project scope to permit student to be on his/her own within about three weeks.
- Especially at the beginning, consider giving student a task already known to be solved to check on his/her abilities and to promote sense of accomplishment and confidence.
- Have students write periodic progress reports.
- Specify major milestones: end-of-semester paper, presentation at a professional meeting, etc.