Notes for Mentors

Thank you for sharing your research expertise with the next generation of academic scholars. Undergraduate research provides excellent training, experience and preparation for students who will pursue graduate degrees, medical and other professional school, as well as government and industrial research and development activities.

To make the best use of time, talent and resources provided by undergraduate research grants, please keep the following hints in mind:

  • Please note: These funds are for students whose primary major is in the College of Agriculture and Natural resources only. Secondary majors, minors and coordinate majors are not eligible for this program.
  • Please support only one student applicant for this funding source per funding cycle. 
  • Funds for these students will be channeled to your project budget. At least 80% of the grant amount must support the students as scholarship, hourly wage, conference travel or stipend. The remaining funds may be used to purchase materials and supplies used by your research mentee that would not otherwise be covered by your project budget.
  • Acquaint your research mentee with the scope of your project.  Although s/he may have specific duties with a narrow aspect of the work, a vison of the “big picture” helps him/her understand the importance of his/her duties.
  • Although undergraduates are not required to attend training in responsible conduct of research, be sure s/he understands your department’s individual, institutional, and professional responsibility for ethical practice and integrity in research/scholarship.
  • Students can be expected to work eight to 12 hours per week. If his/her duties will require more or less time at certain points of the semester, give your student advance notice of the expected intense work periods.
  • Check in with your research mentee frequently by e-mail or in person.  Invite him/her to project staff meetings when appropriate.
  • Students are expected to participate in the UURAF within one year of their research experience. Presentations and poster sessions at other professional conferences are encouraged as well.
  • In fall of 2014, the Office of Academic and Student Affairs introduced the CANR Research Round Up, an opportunity for CANR students to present a progress report of their project during the twelfth week of fall and spring semester.  This gives the students an opportunity to practice giving a poster session or summary oral presentation to their research peers and mentors.  Please plan to support your mentee’s efforts at this event.