The Benefits of Mentoring

The University Scholars Program provides mentors with an array of resources for building relationships with their mentees. These resources are aggregated and discussed in greater detail in the other sections of the Faculty Resources section of the University Scholars website. Highlights include:

  • Complementary membership in the Council on Undergraduate Research, providing access to a trove of materials designed to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
  • The University Scholar/Mentor Engagement (US/ME) Fund: With advance notice and submission of an online application, funding up to $250 may be available to faculty who wish to enhance interactions with Scholars beyond the classroom, e.g., for field trips, informal outings, attending campus events (see website for details and restrictions).
  • The Scholars Research Assistant Program: We will provide $2400 for faculty members to fund a University Scholar within a research assistant position.
  • Online bibliography of resources on mentoring and student development, including many that are available online or for loan from the University Scholars Office

The University Scholars are a collegial and warm group, and we expect that you will enjoy getting to know a talented and ambitious young person for whom you will become a role model. You will also have the opportunity to attend Scholars Program functions and expand your network of contacts as you meet the other faculty and administrators who advise our students.

Including your mentee in your work or research could potentially provide you with valuable assistance while simultaneously providing the Scholar with an opportunity for learning and growth.

Finally, you will be a part of an important institution and program, helping to shape future young professionals.

If you have questions or ideas about mentoring in the University Scholars program, we encourage you to contact the Director, Jonna Iacono at