Mentor Undergraduates

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The OUR hopes that you understand the crucial roles that you can play in helping undergraduates to engage in the University’s research mission, in addition to serving as a mentor for an undergraduate project.

In your role as a graduate student, whether as a TA, GRC, or in an informal position, you can encourage undergraduates to explore their options for original work.You can also help to connect undergraduates to faculty whom they might not otherwise know. Both graduate students and post docs may decide to serve as a Graduate Research Consultant for one or more courses. There are also a variety of opportunities to contribute your expertise throughout the year in workshops and symposia organized by the OUR (such as teaching undergraduates how to prepare a talk or a poster, and offering advice to undergraduates on finding a research mentor and developing a summer fellowship proposal, in addition to advice about graduate school and career choices). If you have an interest in such “one-time” activities, please contact us at our@unc.edu.

The University recognizes that learning to supervise the work of others is an important component of graduate professional development. Accordingly, the OUR helps to promote mentoring workshops facilitated by OUR Liaisons and collaborates with “TIBBS” (Training Initiative in Biomedical and Biological Sciences).

If you wish to read more about Getting Started,  Learning to Communicate, Setting Goals and Expectations, Identifying Challenges and Issues, Resolving Challenges and Issues, Evaluating Your Progress as a Mentor, The Elements of Good Mentoring  and/or Developing a Mentoring Philosophy, please review the handbook Entering Mentoring, published by HHMI.

OUR currently offers the following ways to recognize graduate student and postdoctoral mentors: