Faculty: If you are currently mentoring a student and have not entered your name in our database, please do so. Our office can assist you as you progress through your training of the student.
The Office of Undergraduate Research can assist you in connecting with an undergraduate protégé, to help facilitate a formalized, meaningful research experience. Once the relationship is established our office provides extended support by offering : advice, training, and help track your student's progress.
Step 1: Register with our office to have your name listed in the faculty mentor database: this allows us to know first and foremost that you are interested in working with undergraduate students. Registering with our office allows makes it easy for us reference your most current contact information and research interests.
Step 2: Ask our office for a student recommendation: after registering we know that you are interested in working with undergraduates, but by emailing our office a firstname.lastname@example.org you can let us know if you want your student to have a specific skill set or a prerequisite that you feel is necessary in assisting with your research, or if you have a particular/immediate need for assistants in your research. This allows us to only recommend you to students who meet your expectations, so everyone will feel more secure, and to save both you and the student time.
Step 3: Start a conversation with a student who has similar research interests as you: this is arguably the hardest step is starting a mentorship with an undergraduate student. Our office is here to help you not only find a student who fits with your research, but also to give advice to you and the student on how to break the potential communication barrier that may occur between student and mentor.
Registering with ScholarBridge.com is an important way for students to be able to see the type of research you do, and to receive your contact information. It never hurts to have your name out there in multiple places. This also allows undergraduates from other universities who are thinking about attending graduate school at the University of Kentucky to see the types of research being conducted here, and allows them to see your name associated with your research to survey who they may want to work with if they decide to go here.
"A mentor-mentee relationship can be a life-long connection or a one-time conversation seeking guidance on a specific topic or concern. No matter how enduring or brief, a little input can have a great impact." -- Susan Amara, Society for Neuroscience Pres., taken from Neuroscience Quarterly, Winter 2011.