Successful Students: Mentoring Students in the Lab

Successful Students: Mentoring Students in the Lab

I have been teaching scientific laboratory courses for years. While I was an undergraduate student, I worked as a laboratory teaching assistant for Organismal Biology and volunteered for “Super Science Saturday’s” to educate youth through science demonstrations. I gradually moved on to universities that allowed me to independently instruct students in Anatomy and Neuroscience. Today,…

7 Tips to Keeping Your Undergraduate Student Volunteers Interested in the Lab

7 Tips to Keeping Your Undergraduate Student Volunteers Interested in the Lab

Although we do our best to keep undergraduate students involved in experiments, they are often just in it for a letter of recommendation. Here are some ways to help them enjoy their lab experience and keep them invested in the projects. 1.    Maintain Mutual Respect: The relationship between primary investigators (PI) and undergrads differs slightly…

Why Early Career Scientists Should Care about Mentoring Undergraduate Students

Why Early Career Scientists Should Care about Mentoring Undergraduate Students

Let’s be honest: the mentoring of undergraduate students is sometimes the lowest on the list of priorities for a busy postdoctoral research fellow. Amidst experiments, research progress meetings, reviewing of literature, manuscript writing, grant applications, and convincing your PI to let you attend that conference in Hawaii, your undergraduate charges may be just mere afterthoughts….