Mentor Resources 

Mentoring in a Virtual Environment

Fall 2020/Winter & Spring 2021: Faculty mentors of undergraduate research may consider meeting with students virtually. There may be times that in-person meetings and training sessions are necessary. In those instances, face coverings should be worn and spaces that allow everyone to maintain appropriate physical distancing should be utilized. All necessary equipment should be properly cleaned and sanitized before and after each use.

  • Elon’s Center for Engaged Learning Senior Scholar Dr. Hall has a link on the 10 salient practices of undergraduate research mentors (click here to access the article). These best practices apply in face-to-face mentoring and in online mentoring.
  • Click here for information on mentoring in a virtual environment – this resource comes from discussions with Elon SURE mentors as they reflected on spring and summer mentoring.
  • Click here for a blog from Elon’s Exercise Science department on lessons learned – mentoring summer 2020 during COVID-19.
  • Click here for a 5-15 – this is a helpful way for students to account for their work, plan, and get feedback from mentors. It should take students 15 minutes to write, mentors 5 minutes to read, and it’s usually submitted on the 5th day of the week (Friday). This resource can be used whether or not mentors and students are meeting virtually.
  • Click here for information from the Chemistry division of the Council on Undergraduate Research as we shifted to online mentoring in March 2020.

Diversity and Inclusion in Undergraduate Research

Faculty must consider issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity in undergraduate research. Elon’s Center for Engaged Learning Scholar Dr. Longmire-Avital has several posts on these important issues (click here to access the CEL page).

What is Undergraduate Research?

The Center for Engaged Learning has two relevant pages. The first offers a definition and signs that UR is a high impact practice (click here to access this page). The second offers videos from several mentors about key issues in the practice of UR mentoring (click here to access these videos). Finally, the Council on Undergraduate Research offers good resources and all Elon faculty can access these resources through Elon’s institutional membership (click here to join CUR).

Preparing Students for Research

What faculty want students to know before they start research – click here to share a resource with students to help them prepare for research.

Journal Clubs

Interested in creating a journal club in your department or with a group of students? Click here to see a document on the journal clubs in the Exercise Science department.

Helping Students with Poster Presentations

Wondering how to prepare your student for a poster presentation? Click here to see a document on helping student create posters and prepare elevator speeches (in consultation with the Writing Center).