Select a Participant
Selecting the Best Person for Your Project
Try to select the best-suited applicant to meet the project needs - the applicant’s academic background, is not the only important factor.
Questions about the project needs
- What kind of academic preparation and/or experience must the applicant have for the project you have identified?
- What are the expected outcomes of the project?
- Must the project be completed during the applicant’s assignment?
Questions about the applicant
- What is the applicant’s academic background?
- What are the applicant’s interests?
- What kind of experience does the applicant have that might relate to your project?
- When considering potential candidates’ abilities, will they be able to complete the assigned project during the appointment period?
- Does he/she work well alone, or does he/she work better as part of a team?
- Does the applicant prefer to work on something closely related to his/her area of study or to branch into a new, but related field?
- How much direction/instruction will be required?
Steps to ensure that you select the right person for your project:
- 1. Study the application forms to get information about the applicant’s background, competencies, academic status, interests, etc. Get as much information as possible about the applicant and the program before making a selection. Discuss the specifics of the assignment (nature of the assignment, specific project goals, expectations, milestones, etc.) with several candidates to gauge their interest and assess their backgrounds. Be open-minded. Diversity is an important factor to take into account, females and minorities are valuable members of our scientific community! Consider applicants from various backgrounds--cultural, ethnic, academic, geographical, etc.
- 2. Keep in mind that the GPA and the school attended are not the only indicators of the applicant’s potential. Watch for “diamonds in the rough.”
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