In undergraduate research and creative work, faculty mentors are indispensable as subject matter experts to guide and cultivate undergraduate students. While there is no single set of rules or a checklist to help faculty mentors in this critical role, UROP has compiled various resources (e.g. mentor expectations, best practices, feedback from past UROP mentors, and published articles on mentoring undergraduate research and creative work) for UROP faculty mentors to help outline what mentoring a UROP student entails, and how to promote a positive and fulfilling experience for both faculty mentors and students. We hope that faculty mentors find these resources helpful, and ask that you share any resources that you have with us so that we can make them available to the larger campus community. UROP sincerely appreciates and values the time and dedication of all faculty mentors at UHM.
Engaging in faculty-mentored research and creative work is one of 11 nationally recognized “high-impact education practices” where undergraduate students apply what they have learned in the classroom to tackle the unknown through hands-on activities under the mentorship of faculty. For faculty, mentoring undergraduate research and creative work is much more than just teaching or providing information. It is about “showing students the ropes” – that is, conveying the experience, skills, knowledge, and culture of conducting research and creative work that fosters a student’s academic, personal, and professional development.
Mentoring of undergraduate research and creative work also prepares students for success during and well beyond their degree programs. Mentoring develops the next generation of responsible and knowledgeable citizens and professionals who are ready to solve the future problems that lie ahead and make positive contributions to society. All of this would be difficult, if not impossible, without the effort, energy, and expertise of faculty mentors. UROP hopes that your mentoring experience is satisfying and rewarding.