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Graduate Students

Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program

Application Requirements 

  • Must have completed one semester of graduate school by the time the project period begins or be a Post-Doctoral student
  • May be masters or doctoral level or Post-Doc. 
  • Application
    • Availability - # hours per month and which semesters.
    • Types of activities and projects you are seeking to mentor.
      • Student-initiated project.
      • Graduate student's own research/creative project.
      • Lab work under a faculty member.
      • General mentoring, not specific to a project, such as graduate school preparation or career development.
    • If the mentoring is for graduate student's project, information about that project and the role for the undergraduate student.
    • Previous experience with research, creative works and/or student mentoring. (Requests CV).
    • Mentoring style.

Training Requirements

  • Selected mentors will participate in 2-3 meetings/trainings depending on schedule and needs per year.
  • Mentors must obtain and maintain certifications as needed for research with humans, animals, HIPPA, CITI, IACUC, etc., including UNC ORSP required mentoring training modules.


  • Attend all check-in meetings. 
  • Develop valuable experience mentoring undergraduate students that could prepare for a faculty position in academia.
  • Review undergraduate research papers and offer constructive feedback. 
  • Meet with undergraduate students weekly to offer academic & interpersonal support. 
  • Commit to a specific amount of time (semester or academic year). 
  • Continue support of undergraduate researcher throughout the timeframe. 
  • Outline and detail specific mentoring activities or strategies that will be implemented or utilized. 
  • Be familiar with and follow the institution policies regarding academic conduct.
  • Sign and comply with a participation agreement.

Student Success Outcomes

  • Create more opportunities for students from under-represented backgrounds to increase academic domain identification and provide experiences that can contribute to undergraduate & potential graduate student success.
  • Develop meaningful connections with graduate student mentors and faculty that improve retention at an undergraduate level & recruitment at graduate school level.