Faculty mentor expectations:
The goal of the UROP program is to create a community of researchers and scholars so that students can get feedback and support from a range of faculty. While the UROP Coordinator(s) are primarily in charge of seeing that this community happens, they welcome the participation of USM faculty and faculty mentors.
While the student is expected to conduct a an independent project, they will require mentoring and oversight. One of the objectives of UROP is to support faculty-student research collaborations. Would-be faculty mentors are asked to write and submit a letter of support specifically indicating that they have read the student’s proposal, that they are interested in the student’s project and have expertise in the area and that they have assessed favorably the student’s ability to conduct the project.
Faculty should also specifically rank the student (compared to other students faculty has known: highest, next highest, middle, lowest and unable to evaluate) on the following criteria:level of motivation, research aptitude, ability to work independently with appropriate faculty guidance, communication skills (oral), communication skills (written) and maturity.
Faculty who agree to serve as faculty mentors to UROP Fellows should meet the following expectations:
(1) be available and able to devote sufficient time to mentor the student and oversee his/her project;
(2) review and provide feedback on the student’s presentations, especially the first presentation (when all UROP Fellows present an overview of their project to the UROP community including other UROP Fellows and their faculty mentors, the UROP Coordinators and members of USM’s Research Council) and the final presentation to be presented orally at Thinking Matters (in April);
(3) required to be present at Thinking Matters (held in April).
UROP Fellows are required to attend monthly or bi-monthly meetings during which they update the UROP community on their projects and are provided feedback, instruction and project support. Faculty mentors are encouraged to attend as many UROP meetings as their schedules permit.