All of this wouldn't be possible with out mentors. They lead the way and the set example for our McNair scholars, playing an integral role in the future of each student.
From helping develop skills to providing motivation and support, mentors are critical to the success of the scholars and program as a whole.
Within the course of the year, mentors perform the following responsibilities :
Typical activities for McNair Mentors include involving the student in the day to day operations of their research program or scholarly activities; directing the McNair Scholar to appropriate seminars; helping the student make contacts with appropriate graduate schools and programs; introducing the student to pertinent professional organizations; involving the student in reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals; pointing out readings with which the student should be familiar; helping the student structure a curriculum vitae for inclusion in a graduate school application; and encouraging the student to think critically, ask questions, express opinions, and respect different points of view.