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Being a Faculty Mentor

1. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A FACULTY MENTOR?

A Faculty Mentor serves as a resource to the student over the course of the project providing the student input and feedback on research design, methodology and current literature that is relevant to the topic. Faculty Mentors are expected to commit to meeting with the student two or three times and to be available to answer questions via email or phone. Once the project is completed, the faculty mentor is asked to fill out an evaluation form on their experience.

Research projects supported through CURA's Community-Based Research Programs are based on a community group's use of skilled student researchers. Community groups or organizations define a research project, apply to the program, and if accepted, are matched with a qualified student to carry out the research. The community group directs the student to make sure the work fulfills their needs and interests.

2. WHO CAN BE A FACULTY MENTOR?

University of Minnesota–appointed faculty members, staff with project-related expertise, or faculty from non-University of Minnesota colleges and universities can serve as Faculty Mentors. Faculty Mentors do not have to be from the same
department or college as those in which the student is enrolled.

3. IS THERE COMPENSATION?

Unfortunately, we do not have funds to compensate faculty who serve in this role. However, we have found that most faculty enjoy the opportunity to work with students on this type of project, and some faculty have been able to incorporate the project into their coursework (e.g., as a case study) or have been able to catalyze research projects or papers based on the project.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about your role as a Faculty Mentor, contact:

Neeraj Mehta, Director of Community-Based Research, (612) 624-8988