CISER faculty Mentors:
- must have an active research program in STEM research or interdisciplinary science-related research. If you have questions about this, please direct them by e-mail to Julie Isom.
- are given an opportunity to consider mentoring either Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS), Undergraduate Technology Scholars (UTS), for the academic year, and/or Undergraduate Science Education Scholars (SEdS), for the summer. For more information on individual Scholar programs, visit our Student Research Opportunities page.
- are encouraged to interview potential scholars, attend program events like the Scholar Research Forum in September and the Undergraduate Research Conference and Research Celebration Banquet in April , engage and advise Scholars in their Program annual reports to assess project progress and to advise Scholars on optimal ways to present and publish their results.
- Mentors may access our CISER Shared Resources for important Program information.
The faculty members who serve as TTU/HMMI Mentors for undergraduate students are critical to the success of our undergraduate program. The personal rewards of being a CISER Mentor are great, but it is an investment that involves considerable time and energy. Before signing-on as a potential Mentor, please consider these points:
- The Mentor must be committed to involving the Scholar in an independent research project. Of course, the Scholar will have a period of training during which the majority of their time may be spent observing and assisting more experienced workers. However, the long term trend must be that the Scholar is heading towards an independent project.
- The Mentor must be committed to involving the Scholars as a full, contributing member of their research team. For the URS and the UTS, our program is long-term, continuous involvement in the same research laboratory. The rationale for this is that a student will become fully integrated into a research laboratory, thereby benefiting from the attention, motivation and other intangibles that result from such an association. We appreciate that Mentors accept these relatively inexperienced students with the understanding that their initial investment will be repaid as the student gains experience.
- The Mentor will bear all of the research costs of the Scholar and endeavor to find funding that will enable him/her to assume at least part of the Scholar’s salary as the Scholar advances. We regret that the CISER program (1992-2014) cannot provide any compensation to faculty Mentors in return for their supervision of undergraduate research students.
- The Mentor will carefully consider the Scholars research project, taking into account the capabilities of the Scholar, the practicality of the project, the training potential of the project, and the potential that the Scholar will actually be able to bring the project to a publishable or presentable conclusion during the tenure of their Scholar position. The ideal project will start with readily accomplished and data-generating procedures to build confidence and then progress to the higher levels of sophistication in technique and data analysis.
- The Mentor will endeavor to guide the Scholar’s research to the point of presentation and publication. We encourage our Scholars to attend at least one national or international scientific meeting to present their own research. The program has travel funds to enable this, although we always appreciate contributions of travel funds from Mentor research grants or departments. The Mentor will acknowledge appropriately in publications, poster presentations, and abstracts, the support of the HHMI, using the recommended attribution text provided by the program (see below). Sometimes publications do not appear until after the Scholar has left the laboratory, but if the Scholar is an author, then CISER must be acknowledged using the following attribution text: “This research was supported in part by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant through the Undergraduate Science Education Program to Texas Tech University”. For more information, see the CISER Scholar Guidelines and Policies in the CISER Shared Resources on our website.
- Continuation of a Scholar position depends upon satisfactory research and academic progress. Mentors are encouraged to contact us at any time to update the status of the Scholar’s performance. For any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Julie Isom and she will direct any issue to the appropriate Program Directors.
We look forward to collaborating with you as a Mentor in our seamless community of science!
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