Role of McNair Faculty Mentor
Faculty Research Mentors will undertake the following 9 activities in support of McNair Scholars:
- Serving as research mentors and thereby encouraging the Scholars to become doctoral students;
- Committing to regular advising that will include help with all aspects of the research project before, during, and after the Summer Research Internship;
- Offering technical assistance on how to effectively function as a researcher;
- Monitoring the academic and research skills of Scholars, communicating their assessments to the McNair staff, and assisting Scholars in addressing any shortcomings;
- Assisting with the development of research reports, conferences, and poster sessions;
- Leading McNair Scholar Seminars;
- Assisting in and advising on the identification of graduate schools and the preparation of materials for those applications, including writing letters of recommendation;
- Agreeing to be ―shadowed in their work by Scholars;
- Supporting Scholars in networking with other researchers.
Role of McNair Faculty Mentor in Scholars’ Research Activities
Each McNair Scholar will choose a Loyola full-time faculty member who will serve as a Faculty Research Mentor, providing individualized attention throughout every aspect of the student’s research activities, and more general academic and career mentoring. Scholars will choose a Research Mentor based on their research interests, the faculty member’s research projects, and/or other exposure such as taking a class from the faculty mentor, recommendations from other faculty, students, McNair staff, etc. Once a student and Faculty Research Mentor have agreed to work together, they will formalize an agreement on developing a proposal for the Scholar’s research and expectations for schedules and tasks to be undertaken.
Time Commitment of McNair Faculty Mentor
Faculty Research Mentors will need to have a strong desire to collaborate with students generally, and an interest in helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds; having sufficient time to collaborate with Scholars and being willing to commit time to that collaborative work; being interested in involving Scholars in their research projects; and having the interest in serving as a mentor to students and assisting them in acquiring high quality research skills.
McNair Faculty Mentors commit to:
- Provide academic advising 2-3 times per term during the advisee’s two years in the program,
- Supervise an intensive summer research experience,
- Regularly meet with their mentored Scholar throughout all phases of the research experience, including write-up and presentation of results, and
- Lead at least one McNair seminar session per year.
Summer Research Internship Commitment
- Attend the McNair Summer Orientation on June 1;
- Available to supervise and meet with the McNair Scholar during the Summer Research Internship: June 1 – August 1;
- Submit progress reports to the McNair Scholars Program;
- Meet with the McNair Director to review McNair Scholar progress; minimum two meetings;
- Sign off on McNair Scholar research paper based on Summer Research Internship, published in the Loyola McNair Scholars Journal, “Pathways”; paper due October; publication by December.
McNair Faculty Mentor Benefits
- Service to Loyola University Chicago;
- Year 1: Faculty stipend and Laboratory and Research support;
- Year 2: Conference travel with McNair Scholar.