Mentoring Undergraduate Research in STEM Disciplines


Undergraduate research can be a meaningful component of a student's development at Notre Dame. The panel will discuss effective methods for mentoring undergraduate researchers. Good mentors are good teachers, they focus on the student's intellectual and professional development over time and adapt to individual needs. The same principles used in teaching, such as clear communication, active learning, prompt feedback, and high expectations, all apply to mentoring.

Session format: Each panelist will provide 5-7 minutes of insights on the topic followed by an active Q&A session.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • identify multiple strategies for engaging undergraduate researchers.
  • articulate the best practices and pitfalls in mentoring undergraduate researchers.
What to Bring:  

Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers

 SUMR and Mentoring Style (Frank Connolly)

How to Keep a Lab Notebook (Marya Lieberman)

In the Library:
  • How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers. Merkel, Carolyn A. & Baker, Shenda M.
  • Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering. National Academy Press
  • How to Develop and Administer Institutional Undergraduate Research Programs. Hakin, Toufic M.
  • Developing & Sustaining a Research-Supportive Curriculum: A Compendium of Successful Practices. Karukstis, Kerry K. & Elgren, Timothy E., Eds.
  • Reinvigorating the Undergraduate Experience: Successful Models Supported by NSF's AIRE/RAIRE Program. Kauffman, Linda & Stocks, Janet
Online Resources: Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers: Where to Begin? (University of Washington)
 Certificates: Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoc certificates: