Finding a Faculty Mentor

Students contact faculty to find a research mentor and then apply for funding through UGAR. UGAR does not match students with faculty mentors.

Resources for finding a mentor

Eligible Mentors

All tenured, tenure-track, and research-track faculty at the college and professional schools may supervise undergraduates in research. Research-track faculty includes research assistant professors, research associate professors, and research professors. Geisel School of Medicine faculty with the titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor may supervise undergraduates in research.

Faculty with other types of appointments may supervise undergraduates with relevant department or program chair, director, or dean approval. Examples of other appointment types include: visiting faculty, adjunct faculty, emeritus faculty, lecturer, senior lecturer, instructor, and post-doctoral scholar.

Before You Meet with A Potential Research Mentor

  • Think about what you want. Are you looking for a part-time research experience while you are taking classes or a full-time leave term research project? Do you need to be paid or would you consider working as a volunteer? Is this something you would want to do for one or two terms, or is it something you are interested in continuing for one or two years?
  • Make sure you know something about the faculty member's research. At least read the “research interests” paragraph on the web. Better yet, read an article or something else he or she has written.
  • Be prepared to provide a list of relevant coursework, resume, and statement of research interest. Not all potential mentors will ask for this information, but some may. 
  • If the professor you meet with does not need/want to take on a student, ask who else he or she thinks you should talk to. Sometimes an email that begins, “Professor Smith suggested that I talk to you...” will get better results!
  • Be sure you are willing to make the commitment.  If a professor agrees to be your research mentor, understand that he/she will be expending significant time and resources in training and supervising you. It is your responsibility to be reliable and to work hard.