University of Georgia

What is a CURO Research Mentor?

Given the number of academic departments, diversity of research fields and the level at which each individual student begins research, there is no one method of effective mentoring.

Ultimately each faculty member must decide how best to mentor each undergraduate researcher, taking into consideration the individual’s goals and level of experience, in the classroom and with basic research principles and method.

And while CURO encourages and supports each faculty finding his or her mentoring “style,” CURO research is expected to be sustained, progressive and faculty mentored.

To that end, we offer the following five broad principles, in an effort to provide a basic foundation for crafting a more personal mentoring philosophy. Working from the definitions proposed by various national academies and publications, CURO defines mentoring as a relationship between undergraduate and faculty member emphasizing:

  1. the learning relationship is personal and professional and offers insight in to disciplinary research;
  2. the relationship develops over time, especially as the mentee grows in knowledge and experience;
  3. awareness of the individual mentee in determining how best to help, advise and encourage;
  4. sharing experience and wisdom as well as technical expertise.
  5. knowing, accepting and respecting the goals and interests of each mentee.