Mentoring information for faculty and students:
Student researchers gain immeasurably when they work with faculty mentors who can show them how to conduct research effectively as well as pass on useful strategies for preparing abstracts. In addition, faculty mentors offer insights on drafting conference papers, developing accessible posters and coordinating performances that will connect with audiences.
UCUR and DSU Student Research Day
To ensure that students utilize faculty mentors, the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) and the DSU Student Research Day require students to include the names of mentors when they submit their abstracts for consideration.
It should be noted that the UR Committee expects students to seek more than a “rubber stamp of approval” from their mentors. Rather, mentors should supervise the research endeavors the students are pursuing, which can range from the establishment of research project objectives and deadlines to compliance with IRB guidelines.
In addition, mentors serve as evaluators of all abstracts submitted to UCUR and DSU Student Research Day, carefully determining if the proposals the students prepare meet the criteria articulated on these events’ submission guidelines. Poorly written, incorrectly completed abstracts submitted to the UR Committee absolutely will not be considered for acceptance. The UR Committee will only read abstracts that run between 150-300 words.
Who can serve as a mentor?
Faculty mentors must be full-time, tenured/tenure-track employees who have extensive experience presenting at academic conferences and/or extensive experience having assisted undergraduate students prepare for academic conferences. Contracted instructors with advanced degrees are encouraged to serve as mentors, too.