The Graduate Student Mentor Award (GSMA) was established to recognize and encourage mentoring of undergraduates by graduate students. This award is open to enrolled graduate students in all areas of study. The Office for Undergraduate Research values the support, motivation and perspective that graduate students bring to the undergraduate’s understanding of the researcher experience and the offerings of the university.
1. Post an opportunity for an undergraduate or your willingness to meet undergrads (fulfill one of the two options below).
- Create a research opportunity for an undergraduate, and post the opportunity in the Database of Research Opportunities.
- If you have already identified the undergraduate mentee, you may choose to post a general description of the kind of research that is ongoing in your area and provide your contact information for undergraduates who want to learn more about how they might become involved. Please post this description in the Database of Research Opportunities. (Note that you are not responsible for “matching” any student with a particular opportunity. You are just indicating your willingness to talk about current work in your area with Carolina undergraduates who contact you because they are interested in this area.)
2. Mentor at least one undergraduate research project for 2 semesters in the current academic year, or mentor 2 or more undergraduates in the fall or spring of the current academic year. If you mentored a student during the summer, apply for the August 15 deadline.
3. Provide a brief summary (3000 characters) of the undergraduate’s accomplishments including any presentations and/or publications that resulted from the project. This summary will be submitted on the online application.
4. Provide a brief reflective statement (3000 characters) summarizing your graduate mentoring experiences. This statement will also be submitted as part of the online application. Some areas to address in the report:
- Describe the nature of the interaction between you and the undergraduate student. Please focus on describing the dynamics of the relationship of working with the student, rather than describing the work or research: how rather than what. Be sure to include the undergraduate student’s name.
- What were your expectations prior to mentoring the student? Compare the experience to your prior expectations. In what ways were those expectations met? In what ways were you surprised (both pleasantly and otherwise)?
- Add any additional thoughts or responses you believe would be valuable for future graduate mentors and the Graduate Mentoring Program in general.
Any currently enrolled graduate student in good academic standing who mentors at least one undergraduate.
The mentor must submit the online application.
- For mentoring in the Summer, August 15
- For mentoring in the Fall, December 1
- For mentoring in the Spring, April 1
Award recipients will be notified and invited to attend either OUR’s Fall Reception held in September or the Closing Ceremony immediately following the Celebration of Undergraduate Research held in April.