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. 


  • 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)


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)