Faculty Mentors

In our UC Davis Faculty Handout, you will find the URC mission, Benefits to Faculty and the Role of the Undergraduate Researcher, URC Resources and Awards/Funding for Undergraduate Research, a summary of Sponsored Undergraduate Research Programs at UC Davis and 15 Reasons to Engage Undergraduate Students in Research and Discovery.

Faculty Mentors should be committed to the McNair mission and have the capacity and desire to directly support their McNair Scholar throughout program. The program administration is dedicated to focusing on a strong mentor-mentee relationship while being committed to the training of future scholars from first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented backgrounds. The most critical feature of the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is the Faculty Mentor/McNair Scholar relationship.  Faculty Mentors provide exposure and insight essential for the McNair scholar to understand the skills needed to become successful in the academic world.  Their time, energy, expertise and commitment to mentoring scholars are invaluable resources that increase the quality of the McNair experience.  For the Scholar, the benefit of participating in the program depends to a large extent on the supportive relationship between the Faculty Mentor and Scholar.  The relationship is designed to encourage, motivate and prepare the McNair Scholar for doctoral studies. The McNair Scholars Program is an especially critical time of intense involvement as these scholars are learning the research process (some for the first time) from their mentors. Therefore, Faculty Mentors play an integral role in their Scholar’s journey of scholarly research. As such, there are a number of expectations the McNair Scholars Program has of its Faculty Mentors.

If you are interested or have questions about becoming a faculty mentor, please click here