Effective mentoring of undergraduate students
Working with undergraduates is not without its challenges. In addition, even a positive experience with an undergraduate can be made even better by being mindful of good mentoring practice. The one-on-one relationship in a research project is an unparalleled opportunity for mentoring and we all want our students to get as much out of this experience as possible.
However, effective mentoring is a skill that not everyone is born with. Fortunately, it can be learned! The OUR has gathered some resources below to help inform our mentoring practices. In addition, we can meet with you and share the knowledge we have gained about mentoring undergraduates and link you with faculty, at John Jay and beyond, who have experience mentoring undergraduate researchers effectively.
We also are planning a faculty development workshop on effective practices in undergraduate research mentoring. This will take place in 2012, but we seek your input in our planning of this event now.
For faculty in the social and natural sciences, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has created a mentoring guide for faculty members who are beginning to involve students in their research program. Click here to download this guide called Entering Mentoring. Additional resources can be found by following the links below.
- Mentoring undergraduates in research and scholarship:
This guide by the University of Alaska Anchorage includes insights for mentors across all disciplines (humanities, sciences, etc.)
- Engaging undergraduates
- Mentoring the undergraduate research experience
- The Merits of Training Mentors
- Resources available from the Council of Undergraduate Research