Advanced Authentic Research

Outline of Mentor Expectations

The role of a volunteer AAR Mentor is to serve as a content expert. AAR teachers meet with students regularly to evaluate the project's progress as well as their work habits. AAR teachers are also responsible for final grading of the project. 

Expectations

  • Mentor 1 to 2 student(s), depending on the project(s)
  • Serve as content expert to support and facilitate student’s work
  • Supervise student work in lab, office or other appropriate environment.  It is acceptable to delegate supervision to TA, Grad Student, etc., for direct interaction with the student
  • Guide student progress & ensure they are on track with their project
  • Monitor student work and provide appropriate and timely feedback on electronic journaling system
  • Check in with Program Coordinator, as needed

​Suggested guidelines for student interaction 

  • Weekly phone, Skype & email check-in
  • 1 hour/ month in person check-in if applicable
  • Periodic email interaction, as needed

Expected time commitment:  40-50 hours over the 7-8 months of the program, depending on number of students

Recommended: Attendance at Opening Social (Nov) and Celebratory Showcase (May)

Checklist

First semester

  • Update your bio on your project site and correspond with students
  • Coordinate best method of communication with your student (phone, email, Skype, in-person, etc.)
  • Submit electronic agreement forms
  • Opening Social (September), Attendance recommended
  • Get to know your students’ research interests and help them narrow down topic for their research question (students are recommended to work as a pair on one project)
  • Approve proposal: November

Second semester

  • Continue to communicate and collaborate as you did in the first semester
  • Approve final project poster and paper: March and April
  • Attend Celebratory Showcase (May)