The role of the graduate student mentor is to assist in the assessment of the way the interdisciplinary research teams are set up and managed, with special focus on the training and development of the undergraduate student as a researcher and the graduate student as a research mentor. The research projects will be focused on a problem, question, invention or method development relating to biology or applications in biomedical, behavioral, environmental or agricultural fields. The research will require collaboration of laboratories from two complementary groups that represent the life sciences on one hand and computer science, engineering, mathematics or the physical sciences on the other hand. Research projects are for a calendar year, starting at the end of May through April.
As research is becoming more interdisciplinary, specialized training in mentoring undergraduates in interdisciplinary research will be very valuable in the graduate student’s career development. Graduate students can also expect to expand their research interests and expertise.
Graduate students who have ideas in line with the program goals and are interested in mentoring undergraduate students in this program should discuss ideas with their faculty research mentors. Ideas for research projects will be submitted by interested faculty, who will also name graduate students along with their specific mentoring role in the research project.
Graduate students can also encourage undergraduate students to apply.
Graduate students who belong to groups that are underrepresented in their disciplines are highly encouraged to explore the possibility of participation.
Graduate student mentors will receive $1,000 support for:
Last Updated: 12/21/12