SOAR Mentor Responsibilities
SOAR Mentors serve a pivotal role in the success of student research projects.
Your oversight is required in the development of the project proposal, ensuring that the proposal follow a structure consistent with:
- Abstract – a concise description of the project.
- Process/methods – overview of the methodology, and/or strategy for completion.
- Timeline/benchmarks – weekly timeline of effort with benchmarks/milestones indicated.
- Budget – documentation of the project labor, materials, travel expenses.
- Dissemination – identify potential outlets to present, e.g. conference.
- Educational objectives – short prospectus on the project’s alignment w/ educational goals.
- Integrative Nature of work – description of multiple disciplinary knowledge harnessed.
- Bibliography – well formatted sources/references.
- General Professionalism – high quality proposal documentation and presentation.
Encourage student researchers to author their proposals while referencing the SOAR-Scoring-Rubric-2016.
- Complete and submit a mentor recommendation form for this project.
- Identify a schedule of consulting personnel to work with the student as needed.
- Provide advice to the student on material purchases and facilitate the purchase in conjunction with Alice Beauchman in Rhoades 203.
- Maintain accurate time sheets for the student work on the project, ensuring all funds and time may are used on the approved project only.
- Use campus calendaring to schedule regular meetings with the student and ensure progress.
- Work with the student in preparing the final report.
- Evaluate the student’s work and final report.
- Help find a classroom, seminar, community group, and/or research fair opportunity for the student to talk about their research experience, Barnes County Lecture series.
- Include student’s name among the list of authors or appropriately on any of your own work that may be or become related.