What defines high quality undergraduate research mentoring? We asked participants in the Center’s research seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and other scholars focused on undergraduate research to share key characteristics of high quality mentoring.


As their responses highlight, high quality mentoring requires taking a holistic view of students. Mentors teach research practices and discipline-specific knowledge, but they also attend to students’ psychosocial development. In high quality mentoring, mentors provide structure, guidance, and support, with clear communication about expectations and availability.

Watch for more videos in this series on Mentoring Undergraduate Research and for research updates from the research seminar as participants continue to investigate key characteristics of mentoring, mentoring models, mentoring and student development, and building capacity for mentoring across faculty career stages.

Jessie L. Moore (@jessielmoore) is the Associate Director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University and associate professor of Professional Writing & Rhetoric in the Department of English.

How to Cite this Post:

Moore, Jessie L. 2014, September 2. High Quality Mentoring of Undergraduate Research. [Blog Post]. Retrieved from https://www.centerforengagedlearning.org/high-quality-mentoring-of-undergraduate-research/.