Hints for Mentors
Define a contract agreement with student that should includes time requirements, performance expectations, expected publishing outcome of the research work (to be published alone or with mentor)
Mentor should invest sufficient or considerable time in the student, including weekly conferences to discuss results , and help to focus or refocus the direction of the project
Encourage student to manage time to allow them integrate the existing and developing literature related to research
Provide constructive feedback
Provide and identify resources that would enable students to successfully conduct research
Provide guidance for technical understanding
Provide guidance for research ethics
Assist student in understanding and adhering to the standards of conduct within his/her profession
Assist with project completion scheduling
Be certain that research goals are realistic when considered in view of the experience and past course work of student.
First year students are only a couple of months out of high school. Therefore, be careful with expectations of the time commitment and background knowledge if you accept a first year student as into your research program. Some mentors prefer new students because they want the student to be involved for four years. Other mentors only seek out juniors or seniors.
Meet on neutral playing field sometimes i.e not always in the office or lab.
Help prepare students for their future oral or poster presentations by including them in your own preparation of presentation materials.
Have weekly progress meetings so as to eliminate surprise and stress. The meetings can be as short as 10 minutes and as long as needed