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Role of the Faculty Mentor

Effective mentoring is the key to a successful and rewarding experience for both the student and the faculty mentor.  The role of the faculty mentor is to provide the student with guidance and support, and to act as a role model, to facilitate the development of the student's skills and ethical behavior. 

  • Assist your student in developing a project that is within the abilities of the student and is appropriate for the given timeframe.  OSRCA only supports the engage students in original projects that have the potential for publication or presentation.  
  • Ensure that your student is adequately trained in the methodology and techniques and be sure they understand the importance of ethical behavior.  Supervise your student closely during their project. 
  • Schedule regular meetings with your student to ensure progress.
  • Provide your student with social opportunities with you and other faculty, scholars, and students in the discipline.  These could include individual or group meetings where students discuss their progress, departmental seminars, socials, lunch meetings, journal clubs, etc.  Join up with other faculty mentors to create these opportunities.
  • Foster opportunities for students to talk to others about their research.  Students typically need lots of practice talking about their research effectively. It's important for students to be able to explain their projects to the general public.  Consider having your students develop a 3 minute presentation along the style of the "Three Minute Thesis".
  • Encourage your student to present their efforts at the Tarleton Student Research Symposium, TAMUS Pathways Symposium, and professional conferences specific to the discipline.  Provide students with plenty of support to ensure their presentations are of high quality.

Five Effective Strategies for Mentoring Undergraduates: Students' Perspectives (PDF)

The Mentoring Role in Undergraduate Research Projects (PDF)