Who gives a tweet about mentoring undergraduates?August 1, 2012
Janice DeCosmo: Tell students in advance how to interact with you. Is it OK to interrupt frequently w/ questions? Or make lists for later?
Jennifer Harris: Asking “What draws you to THIS project, in particular?” will help you gauge students’ level of interest and motivation.
How to gauge interviewees’ technical skills? Ask for a reference from a professor or TA from a lab class. Also consider a trial period.
Janice DeCosmo: Look for evidence of students’ initiative on resumes and at interviews.
Janice DeCosmo: Disclose your limitations as a mentor (tendency to micromanage, or to have high expectations, or whatever) up front!
Janice DeCosmo: Remember that mentoring is a relationship. Both mentor and mentee have expectations and needs.
The 4 men at the seminar are all along one side of the square around which we are arranged. The 11 women are on the other 3 sides.
My question: how can we best predict which undergrads will succeed in research?
Question from seminar attendee: how do you get money for students without using your own grant?
After 7 years of mentoring undergrads, it’s time to find out what I’ve been doing wrong. 🙂
Today’s seminar: “Mentoring the Undergraduate Research Experience” with Janice DeCosmo and Jennifer Harris of @UW.