Mentors: 2010 Fall Graduates
The most important aspect of the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is the Faculty Mentor/McNair Scholar relationship. Faculty Mentors provide exposure and insight essential for the McNair scholar to understand the skills needed to become successful in the academic world. Their time, energy, expertise and commitment to mentoring scholars are invaluable resources that increase the quality of the McNair experience. For the Scholar, the benefit of participating in the program depends to a large extent on the supportive relationship between the Faculty Mentor and Scholar. The relationship is designed to encourage, motivate and prepare the McNair Scholar for doctoral studies.
As a faculty mentor, you may think mainly of the benefits to the student of an undergraduate research or creative project. You may even worry about the work involved in mentoring a student, or the disappointment if the student fails to live up to expectations. But many benefits accrue to the faculty mentor, as many faculty members have attested. Here are just a few:
It’s easy! McNair scholars with an interest in your area in general, or your work in particular will contact you OR you can contact us to express your interest in mentoring and we will make every attempt to introduce you to a good match. You will, of course have the opportunity to discuss expectations to make a final decision about working together. We only ask that you take an interest in your undergraduate student as an individual. Respond positively when students come to you with ideas or requests for guidance. At the same time, calculate how much time and energy you can realistically apply to working with such students. Be realistic about your priorities, including those emphasized by the reward system. Then just do it!
Mentoring students underdeveloped in their research and creative projects entails responsibilities. You will need to:
The mentor/scholar relationship fosters:
McNair faculty mentors are tenure-track faculty who:
The Ideal Faculty Mentor:
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