With the new school year starting up, I am very pleased to announce that we will be supporting the HHMI Research Mentor Program again for the 2012-2013 academic year. The HHMI Research Mentor Program is a new initiative to promote undergraduate research opportunities for transfer students that was implemented for the first time last year. Last year's student participants had a wonderful experience, and I am excited to see the incoming transfers students grow during the 2012-2013 year.
We seek applications from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in serving as an undergraduate research mentor for transfer students in the College of Biological Sciences for Spring 2013. Mentors will be selected based on the suitability of the proposed research project for completion by undergraduates within a semester and their statement about how this experience will help them develop skills they will need in future positions.
If you think this would be a good fit for any of the senior graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in your lab, please forward this information on to them and have them fill out the attached mentor contract. Additionally, you can have interested parties contact Kelaine Haas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or follow-up questions about the program.
Program Overview: Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to be selected as HHMI Research Mentors. Upon selection into the program, the Mentor will present their research project to new transfer students. Students who are interested in working on the project will interview with the Mentor for the opportunity to work with the mentor. Mentors can select one to three students to work with during spring semester. In addition to mentoring these research students, mentors will attend a workshop to help them develop and improve their mentoring skills.
Compensation: The graduate student/postdoctoral fellow serving as the HHMI Research Mentor will receive $500 compensation ($600 for 2 students and $700 for 3 students) and their corresponding lab will receive $250 per student for supplies. Student mentees will receive $500 after the completion of a brief research proposal at the beginning of the semester and completion of a final research poster at the end of the semester. If approved by the Principle Investigator, the student mentee can also register for Directed Research credit.
A copy of the HHMI Research Mentor Contract is attached to this email for you to look over if you or any of your students are interested in participating in the program. Completed contracts need to be sent in by November 2nd to be considered for the program. Please do not hesitate to contact Kelaine Haas (email@example.com) if you have any more questions about the program.