Faculty Mentoring 101

Faculty advisor and student
  • Explore possible research topics that reflect the student's interests and preparation.
  • Identify the knowledge, experience, and skills the student needs to complete the project.

  • Help your student define and focus the project, including the development of a timetable to assure that the project can be managed within the time frame allotted.

  • Discuss with the student the details of how the proposed research, scholarly or creative project will be carried out.

  • If the student is conducting research away from UNH, discuss and identify the resources that will be available at the location of the research, including specific individuals to whom the student can turn for guidance.

  • Develop a time frame and a system of communication with the student during the project period that will allow for an appropriate balance of mentor guidance and student independence.

  • Assist the student in identifying appropriate events at the URC for sharing his/her experience and research.

Modified from the UNH Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, "Roles and Responsibilities of Faculty Mentors"

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Dante Scala and student

Top 10 Reasons to Become a URC Faculty Mentor

  1. Nearly 96 percent of students say presenting at the URC had a positive impact on their academic experience at UNH.
  2. More than 95 percent of faculty mentors gain personal satisfaction from working with their URC students.
  3. Eighty-seven percent of student participants find out about the URC from their faculty mentors.
  4. You'll support one of the nation's largest URCs.
  5. You'll be in good company - over 55 percent (329) of full-time UNH faculty mentor student participants.
  6. Presenting at the URC is a natural extension of a class project or senior thesis, and more than 90 disciplines are represented by UNH students participating in the URC.
  7. It's the experience that counts - presenting original research in a professional setting improves students' confidence in their abilities.
  8. Nearly 84 percent of students indicated faculty mentoring with their research had a positive impact on their academic experience.
  9. You'll help your students sharpen the organizational and presentation skills that employers, graduate schools, and other endeavors demand.
  10. URC student presenters value a unique bond with their faculty mentors. In addition to mutual respect and the sharing of original knowledge, students witness firsthand the enthusiasm and passion so many UNH faculty possess. Share your passion. Mentor a student for the URC.

View a list of faculty who have mentored URC students and find out what keeps them engaged each year!