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Deciding to Host a Participant
Before committing to host a participant, the answers to the following questions should be considered:
- General questions to ask yourself
Why do you want to be a mentor?
- What do you expect to accomplish by hosting a participant?
- How much time do you have to devote to a participant?
- Can you devote the time to develop the skills of a participant that has minimal preparation?
- When you are not available, is there another qualified person available who can serve as a mentor to the participant?
- Do you have enough meaningful activities to keep a participant occupied for the duration of the appointment and to give him/her a sense of accomplishment?
- Can you make sure the participant will have his/her own discrete project that will foster learning and give the participant a sense of contribution to your facility?s mission?
Questions to ask about the program at your facility through which your participant will be appointed
- What kind of applicant does this program attract?
- What does the program expect from the mentors and the participant?
- What are the eligibility requirements for the program?
- What are the start and end dates for the program?
- Can an extension of the appointment be granted, if necessary for the participant to complete the project?
- Who makes the final selection decision: the mentor or the program coordinator?
- What costs are involved?
- What does the participant need to submit to complete the program?
Identifying an Appropriate Project
Define the goals of the project
The research project should:
- provide the participant a hands-on experience that complements his or her academic course of study and connects theory to practice.
- give the participant an opportunity to increase his/her confidence, enhance communications skills, and engage in critical thinking and problem solving.
- remain flexible so that you may change or adapt the project based on feedback (skills, interests, etc.) from the participant.
Establish expectations for the project
- Determine timetable for the project.
- Define what the participant must accomplish or learn so that the project comes to a successful conclusion.
- Put the project in the context of the ?big picture? since, many undergraduates have trouble seeing beyond their own piece of the puzzle.
- Determine what training is required for the participant to do the project safely.
Communicate information about the research project to the participant before he/she arrives. This can be very beneficial in allowing him/her to read and learn about the research before beginning the appointment.
Consider the program requirements
Keep in mind any programmatic requirements that need to be fulfilled. Depending on the program, participants may be asked to write a research abstract, do a PowerPoint? presentation, write a research paper, present a scientific poster, or complete other requirements.
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