So, you would like to be a Research Experience Mentor this summer? 

Expectations for Mentors:
Science Discovery has created an exemplary program designed to provide High School students with a research experience that exposes them to the ins and outs of University level research and assist you in moving your research forward. Perhaps you have a project that you’ve been meaning to test out but just don’t have the time, or a side project that you’ve been thinking it would be nice to try, or perhaps you have some data that needs to be collected and analyzed and you could use some help. Participating students will simultaneously be taking a Research Methods class teaching them good writing techniques, how to read a research paper and how to create an engaging research poster. At the end of the four weeks (on July 21st) we will host a poster session where students can show off what they have worked on over the summer. This poster can be focused entirely on what they worked on over the summer or be expanded to encompass the big picture work of the lab.

Rewards for Participation:
In addition to the enriching mentoring experience, Science Discovery will host several Mentor training sessions where mentors will learn best practice mentoring techniques. Upon completion of the mentoring program,  participants will receive a $750 stipend for participation. If, for whatever reason, you can not accept the stipend, Science Discovery can arrange to transfer the money directly to your university research lab account where it can provide support for your research.

Timeline and Key Dates:
Spring Semester 2016: Science Discovery will be recruiting mentors and accepting applications for the 2016 summer Research Experience.

Spring Semester 2016: Mentors will be asked to fill out the linked Risk Assessment for the work that your student mentee will perform. This assessment with then be entered into DocuSign and returned to all parties involved for required signatures.

Spring Semester 2016: Program Director, Kathryn Penzkover  will offer various ‘open house’ times, making herself available to answer questions about the program.

May 16-20th, 2016: At some point this week, a Mentor Training session will be held. Mentors will receive training materials and clear guidance on requirements and expectations for the summer 2016 program.

June 27th, 2016; 10am in the Idea Forge: Mentor/Mentee meet and greet. During this session, mentors will meet mentees and collaborate on some fun activities together.

June 27th to July 21st: Mentors are responsible for creating a schedule with mentees and keeping them on task to complete their work.

June 27th to July 21st: Student mentees will be taking a Research Methods class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings where they will learn good writing techniques, how to read a research paper and how to make a good poster. More detailed schedule of classes to come.

July 21st, 2016; 2-4pm in the Idea Forge – Public Poster Session of student work.

To apply for the 2016 program, please CLICK HERE. For additional information about this program, please contact Kathryn Penzkover via email.