CURO encourages each faculty mentor to find a mentoring style. Each faculty member must decide how best to mentor each undergraduate researcher, taking into consideration the student’s goals and level of experience in the classroom and with basic research principles and methods.

The following five broad principles provide a basic foundation for crafting a more personal mentoring philosophy.

  • The learning relationship is personal and professional and offers insight into disciplinary research.
  • The relationship develops over time, especially as the mentee grows in knowledge and experience.
  • The mentor determines how best to help, advise, and encourage each mentee, and, in turn, the mentee learns how to help, advise, and encourage their fellow researchers.
  • The mentor shares experience and wisdom as well as technical expertise.
  • The mentor knows, accepts, and respects the goals and interests of each mentee.

Learn more about faculty mentoring on our Mentoring Resources page.