Mentors are a crucial element in the success of the FURI program. Each semester, faculty members help students gain valuable hands-on research experience.
Mentors in the FURI program:
- must be a full time faculty member in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
- will provide guidance to students through the proposal process and will provide an anonymous letter of support with the application
- will meet regularly with mentee(s) throughout the semester (average approximately one hour per week)
- will review and approve the student’s mid-semester summary, end of semester summary, abstract, and poster for the research symposium by stated deadlines
- will recommend students to submit their research for presentation at a conference and/or publication, if appropriate.
- will recommend students who have been selected to present their research at a conference to apply for a Travel Grant
Faculty mentors receive $500 at the end of the semester if the student completes all FURI requirements. Faculty can mentor up to five students per semester in the FURI program.
Mentors that would like to work on a proposal for funding for FURI are encouraged to post opportunities for students in the research opportunities section of the FURI website. In addition, faculty can post positions available through REU supplements, other funding sources, or volunteer positions on the FURI website.
Be part of a lab crawl with FURI
The Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) wants to help showcase the fascinating research that our Fulton faculty members are conducting by visiting labs in a series of lab crawls.
During a crawl, the FURI team (staff and current FURI students) will:
- Briefly discuss with attending students why undergraduate research matters & lab highlights
- Visit a lab for a 20-30 minute tour of the lab and students can discuss lab with research lab team
- Move on to another lab
Questions? Contact Cortney Loui, Student Engagement coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentors are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding to continue supporting their undergraduate researchers beyond the FURI funded semesters through grants, REU supplements, and other funding sources.
New Faculty Mentors
Faculty interested in learning more about the FURI program, the proposal process, and how to connect with undergraduate students are encouraged to attend a FURI Mentor Info Session. To learn more, meet with Kae Sawyer, Associate Director-Student Engagement. Contact her at email@example.com or at 480-727-8713.
Team chemistry is key ingredient in formula for research success: The committee’s report, “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science,” completed in 2015, emphasizes that successful science and engineering collaborations hinge not just on a high level of research expertise but also on organization, planning, management and communications skills — and on leadership that can instill a shared vision of the significance of the project goal.
Five Effective Strategies for Mentoring Undergraduates: Students’ Perspectives from the Council on Undergraduate Research also has helpful information for how to be an effective mentor.