Mentors

Engaging Thinkers, Makers, Doers of the Next Generation

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What is the NCSSM Mentorship Program?

A Forty Year Tradition of Engaging Students in Research

3000 NCSSM graduates

have participated in

Mentorship since 1980

200 mentors

135 students

9 partner institutions

2021-2022 Partners include:

Duke University, High Point University, Kaleido, NC Central University, NC State University, RTI International, UNC-Chapel Hill, Winston Salem State University. Yale University

A Collaboration Between NCSSM and the Community

MENTOR

guides research

STUDENT

takes ownership of the experience

NCSSM INSTRUCTOR

facilitates student development

NCSSM

provides funding and programmatic support

Mentor Expectations

Participating mentors are asked to:

  • offer direction and support as you guide the student on their own research project or a part of your ongoing research

  • welcome a student into your work environment

  • provide safety training and a safe environment for the student on site (and complete Form 2 of the NCSSM Scientific Review Committee paperwork to ensure safety)

  • permit NCSSM to complete an annual background check for active volunteer mentors at your site

  • communicate with the Director of Mentorship and Research as quickly as possible regarding any needs or concerns

  • to provide brief evaluations of the students' performance and development (two 5-10 minute surveys per student)

  • be enthusiastic and willing to share your passion for your field of study

  • enjoy the energy and curiosity the students bring

Student Expectations

Mentorship students will:

  • apply concepts and skills learned in the classroom to be an active participant on a portion of an ongoing project or to develop a project of their own under the guidance and instruction of the mentor

  • pursue their curiosity and passion in any variety of the wide range of fields including STEM, humanities, social science

  • take ownership of their opportunity (with facilitation from NCSSM Director and NCSSM Instructors)

  • complete all course assignments including student deliverables of written proposal and oral and/or poster presentation to the NCSSM community (assessed by NCSSM Instructors, no requirements for grading by mentors)

  • develop the personal/professional skills that will be an essential key to their success as they pursue their education and careers

  • present their accomplishments to the community at the NCSSM Research Symposium (in spring and/or summer)

To learn more, see publication by NCSSM administrators linked HERE.

NCSSM Instructor Role

Curriculum is designed to:

Integrate soft skills in the context of the research environment to maximize professional growth

NCSSM instructors assess student performance in the following assignments and activities (which vary by program):

  • Small group and individual meetings

  • Oral communications such as Elevator Pitch, 10 minute symposium presentation with slideshow

  • Written communications such as proposal writing, research paper/poster, literature review, etc.

NCSSM Funding and Support

Programmatic Support provided by:

    • NCSSM Mentorship and Research office

      • Director, Sarah Shoemaker

      • Coordinator, Mary Slawter

      • Data Management Specialist, Taylor Nguyen

      • Program Assistants, Anushka Deshmukh & Lauren Subramaniam

      • Mentorship & Research Leaders, Pranet Sharma and Kendal Win

  • Funding Support provided by:

    • Burroughs Wellcome Fund

    • NCSSM Foundation

    • NCSSM State funds