In order to ensure a better understanding of the expectation of the research mentor’s role, see the following:

  • 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 make their student presentation a priority and make every effort to attend  their student’s presentation at the Summer Research Forum
  • The research mentor is primarily responsible for validating the student’s online assignments. This is important in order for students to receive their stipend.
  • Research mentors are required to provide a small contribution of $400 in non-federal funds in order to extend the total program budget to fund all rigorous projects.