Faculty Mentors should be committed to the McNair mission and have the capacity and desire to directly support their McNair Scholar throughout this two year program. The program administration is dedicated to focusing on a strong mentor-mentee relationship while being committed to the training of future scholars from first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented backgrounds. The most critical feature of the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is the Faculty Mentor/McNair Scholar relationship. Faculty Mentors provide exposure and insight essential for the McNair scholar to understand the skills needed to become successful in the academic world. Their time, energy, expertise and commitment to mentoring scholars are invaluable resources that increase the quality of the McNair experience. For the Scholar, the benefit of participating in the program depends to a large extent on the supportive relationship between the Faculty Mentor and Scholar. The relationship is designed to encourage, motivate and prepare the McNair Scholar for doctoral studies. The McNair Scholars Program is an especially critical time of intense involvement as these scholars are learning the research process (some for the first time) from their mentors. Therefore, Faculty Mentors play an integral role in their Scholar’s journey of scholarly research. As such, there are a number of expectations the McNair Scholars Program has of its Faculty Mentors.
McNair Faculty Mentor Expectations:
- Teaching the research process to Scholars – topic development, proposal, literature review, drafts, revisions, final project/paper, and final presentation at the McNair Summer Symposium.
- Identifying and helping to secure summer research opportunities for Scholars.
- Participating in research conferences/presentations by Scholars.
- Helping to complete graduate school applications, including providing recommendations.
- Aiding Scholars in finding and applying for fellowships/scholarships/grants.
- Establish a mutually agreed upon communication method/plan with your Scholar.
- Become familiar with your Scholar’s academic aspirations.
- Establish and assess benchmarks throughout the research process.
- Plan appropriate reading and writing assignments that will lead the successful completion of the final paper/project.
- Refer Scholars to various resources on and off campus that will benefit their research and success to the Ph.D.
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