Why mentor researchers?
Mentoring relationships benefit undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty, develop over time, and enable a commitment to scholarly development; and engagement in collaborative inquiry.
Mentoring relationships also encourage:
- Positive environments, which encourage questions and foster curiosity;
- Consideration of new or alternative approaches (whether in collecting or mining data, or building a philosophical argument)
- Constructive, reciprocal feedback on one’s educational advances and the research project’s progress;
Mentoring relationships can also be excellent ways to provide:
- Guidance for the undergraduate in making important research or related career decisions;
- Oversight of the undergraduate's research methods and practices;
- Up-to-date knowledge of available resources and funding;
- Support in sharing and publicly presenting research;
All of which supports the enjoyment of active participation in research activities.