The School of Humanities and Sciences provides a modest honorarium of $1,250 to Faculty Mentors of Summer Scholars. This in recognition of the value of the important work they do with students during the summer, unless they have summer salary compensation from other sources for research work in the summer (from external or internal grants). Mentors in the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies and sciences, and physics whose work can be supported by the H&S Science Research Fund may opt to receive $1,250 in funding for lab/research supplies in lieu of receiving an honorarium.

The program recognizes that some faculty may choose to mentor more than one student (note that the program has a strong preference for faculty to mentor no more than two students during the summer program). Faculty who mentor more than one student during the summer are eligible to receive an additional $650 in reimbursable expenses to support their own professional development (e.g., research supplies, books, travel, etc.). Access to the professional development fund will last throughout the fiscal year, and will expire after that time.

Mentor Expectations for Scholars in Faculty-Organized Projects in STEM and related fields

Faculty mentors in natural/behavioral sciences, math, and computer science with designated Scholar positions do not have to provide additional materials as part of the application process. The Summer Scholar Applications asks students to identify the project or faculty member they would like to work on/with; appropriate faculty will then be asked to review those Summer Scholar applications submitted by the deadline for students seeking to work in their labs/departments, and to make recommendations for awards, regardless of funding source (i.e., supported by H&S, external grants, department-based awards, and Dana Internship Program).

Responsibilities of Faculty Mentors of Faculty-Organized Projects:

  • Mentors participate in faculty development opportunities to discuss best practices for effective mentoring of students working on independent projects in May.
  • Mentors encourage their Scholars to attend Summer Scholar activities (especially the Welcome Picnic and Knowledge Exchange for all Scholars).
  • Mentors attend at least one Summer Scholar activity with their students, schedule permitting.
  • Mentors provide guidance to Scholars as they prepare their final reports (due to the Dean's office before the start of classes in fall semester).
  • Mentors identify which of their Scholars will participate in the H&S Summer Research Exhibition, notify the Dean's office about this participation, and encourage students to meet the deadlines for poster submission.

Mentor Expectations for Scholars Developing Independent Projects

Faculty mentors in creative arts, humanities, and social sciences are expected to complete a separate Faculty Mentor Application. This application is combined with the Scholar's proposal, and is considered by the Faculty Review Committee in their evaluation of the project proposals.

Responsibilities of Faculty Mentors of Independent Projects:

  • Mentors develop project scope and learning outcomes in consultation with the Summer Scholar.
  • Mentors participate in faculty development opportunities to discuss best practices for effective mentoring of students working on independent projects in May.
  • Mentors design and provide feedback on structured reflections during the summer experience to enhance Scholar learning and professional development.
  • Mentors are available to Summer Scholars throughout the summer project period, and schedule regular meetings with Summer Scholars (a minimum of four meetings is expected).
    >Note: 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 the Mentor expects to be away for most or all of the summer, the review committee expects the Mentor's application to address in detail how you will provide ongoing guidance and feedback to your Scholar.
  • Mentors provide Scholars with guidance for their final e-Portfolio and Summer Research Exhibition poster to insure that these are an accurate and professional representation of the Scholar's work.
  • At the end of the summer, Mentors complete a Feedback Form assessing the Scholar's work and the project experience that is distributed by the H&S Dean's office.

Download a Faculty Application Example

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