Council on Undergraduate Research

Mentor Network - Chemistry

Send to Printer

Mentor Network

The Mentor Network in the Chemistry Division of CUR matches individuals seeking information about starting, sustaining, or re-initiating undergraduate research programs to faculty who have successfully done so. Normally, those requesting mentors are newly hired faculty, but we have arranged mentoring relationships for graduate students and post-docs as well as for established faculty who are interested in restarting a research program or moving in a new direction. The contact person for this program is CUR chemistry councilor Kim Frederick at Skidmore College (kfreder1@skidmore.edu).  When Kim is sent a brief description of research interests by an individual, she will identify two to four prospective mentors on the basis of similarity of research interests and career experiences and will then send information on the prospective mentors to the requester. The requester then chooses the mentor that seems to fits his/her needs most effectively and contacts him/her to define the mentoring relationship.

CUR mentors can provide assistance in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, the following:

For new or established faculty

  • Advice concerning the kinds of projects that are often successful in undergraduate environments
  • Advice concerning professional development goals
  • Recommendations for preparing tenure and promotion dossiers
  • Selection of appropriate funding agencies for research ideas
  • Review of preliminary research grant proposals
  • Feedback on successful strategies for managing undergraduate research students 

For graduate students or postdoctoral fellows

  • Advice concerning the job application process and timing
  • Review of job application materials, including cover letter, vita, teaching and research descriptions
  • Consultation about choosing a career at a PUI

The CUR mentoring service is only available to CUR members; there are reduced membership rates for graduate students and post-docs.

© 2011 The Council of Undergraduate Research. All Rights Reserved.