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LUROP Mentor Survey


LUROP Fellowship Mentor Survey Results

Nearly all students who conduct research with the support of a LUROP Fellowship do so under the guidance of a mentor. In 2013-14, there were nearly 100 LUROP mentors. Most of them were Loyola faculty members, although there were also 13 doctoral candidates who served as LUROP mentors.

For the first time last year, LUROP mentors were surveyed to assess the impact of mentored undergraduate research on the students, and on their mentors. This information will also be used in evaluating LUROP so that it can continue to strengthen mentored research opportunities for undergraduates at Loyola.

To help students and mentors know what they might expect through LUROP, here are some key results of the mentor survey.


LUROP Mentor Survey, 2013-14

(54 out of 95 mentors responded, 57%)


How much do you feel your LUROP fellow(s) gained in the following areas as a result of their research experience?

A)  Ability to articulate a research question or problem and a hypothesis
B)  Learning appropriate research methodologies and when to use them
C)  Ability to deal constructively with research setbacks through problem solving
D)  Learning key terminology, concepts, and theory, and knowing how to use them
E)  Ability to find existing body of research relevant to their topic
F)  Actual knowledge of relevant research, and ability to compare their project to it
G)  Ability to work collaboratively with other researchers
H)  Confidence and ability to communicate with graduate students and faculty
I)  Ability to work autonomously
J)  Connecting their research to their coursework, professional future
K)  Ability to explain their research to others in the field
L)  Ability to explain their research to a general audience
M)  Knowledge of research ethics/responsible conduct of research
N)  Experience that will help them in deciding whether to go to grad school or the work force
O)  Knowledge about what they could expect as a graduate student
P)  Overall skills needed to be successful in graduate school and/or a professional career



To what degree do you feel you benefitted in the following areas through the experience of mentoring one or more undergraduate research fellows?

A)  Research fellow(s) produced data or conducted tangible work helpful to your own research
B)  Research fellow(s) contributed useful questions, ideas, or problem solving, offering an intellectual contribution to your work or the work of your lab
C)  Mentoring undergraduate research fellow(s) helped fuel your enthusiasm for your own research
D)  Mentoring undergraduate research fellow(s) helped fuel your enthusiasm for new research topics that your students discovered or worked on
E)  Mentoring undergraduate research fellow(s) helped you develop better awareness of how students learn
F)  Mentoring undergraduate research fellow(s) helped you develop skills beneficial to mentoring and advising graduate students
G)  Mentoring undergraduate research fellow(s) helped you become a better classroom teacher
H)  Mentoring undergraduate research fellow(s) was personally enjoyable, helping you get to know students in ways classroom teaching does not


Overall, would you say you benefitted from participating as an undergraduate research mentor?‌




LUROP mentors were asked to comment on the benefit of their research experience. Here are some of their responses.