To achieve the goals of the program and to facilitate the student outcomes, Summer Scholar Program faculty mentors are expected to:
- Participate in faculty development opportunities to discuss best practices for effective mentoring of students;
- Be available to their Summer Scholar(s) throughout the summer project period, and have regular meetings with them;
- Encourage their Scholars to attend Summer Scholar activities;
- Attend at least one Summer Scholar activity with their students, schedule permitting;
- Design and give feedback on structured reflection to enhance Scholar learning and professional development;
- Provide guidance to Scholar(s) as they prepare their final reports (due to the Dean's office before the start of classes in fall semester);
- Provide their Scholar(s) with feedback on their poster presentation for a campus event in the following academic year.
Additional Responsibilities of Faculty Mentors of Independent Projects
- Mentors work closely with prospective scholars during the application process to develop strong project designs and effective proposals.
- The program has a strong preference for mentors to be in Ithaca for more than half of the summer weeks that the Scholar is in residence. If a student approaches you about being a mentor during the summer and you expect to be away for most or all of the summer, please get in touch with us to discuss options.
- At the end of the summer, mentors complete a Feedback Form assessing the Scholar's work and the project experience.