Mentor Expectations

Research Experience

  • It is important that a person in the research environment be identified as the student’s day to day contact or mentor. This person should know what the Principal Investigator has planned for the student. This person must be available to spend time working with the student. It is also important that the PI spend a small amount of time each week with the student.
  • Prior to the student’s arrival, mentors will identify a project, or a portion of a project for the student to work on.
  • Mentors will be responsible for ensuring that students obtain a hands-on experience in a cancer research laboratory/environment. In addition, mentors will be responsible for completing a written evaluation of the student’s experience and progress.
  • Mentors will be responsible for encouraging and ensuring that students attend and actively participate in the orientation program and scientific and professional/career development seminars with researchers and physicians. In addition students will participate in site visits to various biotech/pharmaceutical firms.
  • Provide students with a journal or references regarding the lab’s historical and current research activities. Get the students involved in their research experience. They are eager for information and want to get going with their hands-on research.
  • Include the students in the regular activities of the lab/department. Students will find it valuable to get to meet and know a wide variety of faculty, students, and post docs.


  • Mentors will be expected to assist the students in the preparation of a thoughtful poster or 10-12 minute PowerPoint oral presentation of their research project. This includes, but is not limited to, review of the presentation for accuracy, layout, and the student’s ability to orally present the materials.
  • Student presentations will take place during the last week of the program. Mentors and fellow research staff are highly encouraged to attend their student’s presentation.

Work Schedule/Attendance

  • The program for undergraduates will begin in mid-to-late May, and for high school students the program will start in late June. This is a full-time experience – the mentor and the student will agree upon workday hours.
  • Mentors will be expected to ensure that their students are present and on time for every scheduled workday.

CURE staff will provide ongoing support to mentors and students. For questions, please contact