Student Mentor Responsibilities and Committments

Student Mentor Responsibilities and Committments

Immersive experience

This program is an immersive experience for both faculty and students and requires an investment in scholarship, mentoring, and group dialogue to create a strong cohort and culture of scholarship. The formal program will run from the first week of June through mid-August. Students can apply for 20 hours/week or 40 hours/week positions based on the needs of the research team. Although we are hesitant to require a specific number of hours for faculty work during the summer program, we expect that the scholarly project will be the primary work of the faculty member during the Summer Scholars program. Faculty need to be available without conflicting professional responsibilities (e.g., cannot teach on campus or abroad) or personal plans (e.g., cannot have extended period of time out of town); we have built flexibility into the summer schedule to accommodate participants’ summer travel/vacations.

Workshops and meetings

While the focus of the teams’ work will be on the scholarship, this program will create a supportive community of faculty and student scholars who learn from and support each other. Students and faculty are expected to attend workshops every other week and are encouraged to attend informal, social gatherings (e.g., coffee breaks) throughout the summer. While a primary component of workshops will be to share scholarship and progress, workshops will be designed for both faculty (e.g., exploring external grant opportunities) and students (e.g., what are prestigious fellowships and scholarships and how can I get one?) based on their needs.

Commitment to dissemination

All teams are expected to submit their work for presentation at a national or international professional conference (e.g., a discipline-specific conference, National Conference on Undergraduate Research- NCUR) or gallery exhibit during the 2013-14 academic year. Additionally, teams will be encouraged and supported in their efforts to publish their work in a peer-reviewed journal. Students also are required to present their scholarship at the Sr. Seraphim Gibbons Undergraduate Research Symposium (a presentation venue honoring the tradition of Science @ St. Kate’s Day while opening the forum to undergraduates in all disciplines) in Spring 2014.

Responsible conduct of research

All participants in the Summer Scholars program must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship training. Teams conducting research with human participants also need approval from the Institutional Review Board prior to beginning their scholarship.

Evaluation of program

You will be asked to evaluate the Summer Scholars program and its components.

Fundraising efforts for Summer Scholars Program by sharing your work

Teams may be asked to present their work to donors, potential donors, and alumnae or to discuss the Summer Scholars program with them.

Final report

All teams must submit a final report within four weeks after the completion of Summer Scholars.


The Summer Scholars program is committed to promoting collaborative scholarship across disciplines while supporting both faculty and students. Faculty who fully engage in the Summer Scholars program will be paid the equivalent of teaching one four-credit summer course. Students will be paid $10/hour. In collaboration with their mentor, they will decide with their mentor whether to apply to work 20 or 40 hours per week throughout the summer.

Application review process

The Collaborative Research Steering Committee members review all applications based on the following criteria:

  • Completeness and clarity of application
  • Proposed project involves meaningful collaboration with student(s)
  • Proposed project meets attributes of scholarship as outlined in the Faculty Evaluation Manual
  • Timeline for summer work is reasonable and faculty willing to make this their primary summer work
  • Proposed project will help faculty member reach scholarship goals
  • Plans for dissemination are lofty yet feasible

Projects without other funding sources will be given higher priority.