Role of the Research Mentor

The strength of the Pritzker School of Medicine’s Summer Research Program is its close collaboration between faculty mentors and students. To ensure a better understanding of the expectation of the research mentor’s role, the Pritzker School of Medicine offers the following suggestions:

  • The student’s project should be of a reasonable scope to ensure the likelihood that, within eleven weeks, the student will be able to describe results in the required presentation at the Summer Research Forum, and, where possible, obtain publishable results.
  • The student should not be assigned as a research technician to accomplish someone else’s project in the lab.
  • The lab mentor needs to invest sufficient time in the student, including weekly conferences to discuss results and, where necessary, help to focus (or refocus) the direction of the project.
  • The student and the research mentor should discuss the written report that is to be provided to the Pritzker School of Medicine at the close of the program.
  • During the last week of the program the research mentor should discuss with the student how the information should be presented in the Summer Research Forum, including a practice presentation to the mentor and members of the lab.
  • The research mentor should be available to attend their student’s presentation at the Summer Research Forum to provide any necessary feedback to the judges or others in attendance.
  • The research mentor is primarily responsible for validating the student’s online assignments. This is important in order for students to receive their stipend.
  • The research mentor is responsible for contributing $400 in non-federal funds toward the student’s stipend.