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:

  1. Abstracta concise description of the project.
  2. Process/methodsoverview of the methodology, and/or strategy for completion.
  3. Timeline/benchmarksweekly timeline of effort with benchmarks/milestones indicated.
  4. Budgetdocumentation of the project labor, materials, travel expenses.
  5. Disseminationidentify potential outlets to present, e.g. conference.
  6. Educational objectivesshort prospectus on the project’s alignment w/ educational goals.
  7. Integrative Nature of workdescription of multiple disciplinary knowledge harnessed.
  8. Bibliographywell formatted sources/references.
  9. 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.