Salient Practices of Undergraduate Research Mentors

1 Strategic pre-planning to respond to students’ varying needs and abilities throughout the research process.
2 Set clear, scaffolded expectations.
3 Teach the technical skills, methods, and techniques of conducting research in the discipline.
4 Balance rigorous expectations with emotional support and appropriate personal interest in students.
5 Build a sense of community among members of the research team.
6 Dedicate time to one-on-one, hands-on mentoring.
7 Increase student ownership of the research over time.
8 Support students’ professional development through networking and explaining norms of the discipline.
9 Create intentional, laddered opportunities for peers and “near peers” to learn mentoring skills and to bring larger numbers of undergraduates into scholarly opportunities.
10 Encourage and guide students to share findings in presentations and writing.

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