Each student applying to the SSRP must have a faculty mentor. The primary responsibility of the mentor is to guide the student in developing, conducting, and disseminating the research. This process begins in the fall when the two work together to develop a project proposal. Through the summer, the mentor must have regular meetings with the student to provide guidance and support, ensuring that work is progressing at an acceptable pace. In August and September, the mentor must help the student prepare an oral presentation, a paper, and a poster to disseminate the results of the project.
Mentors are also expected to participate in collective activities, including field trips, weekly meetings, and other events as appropriate. The group involvement and multi-disciplinary character of the program distinguish it from other student research activities.
Faculty may mentor either one or two students. If they mentor one, they are paid $1800; if they mentor two, they are paid $2700. It is important to understand that faculty are signing on to student applications, which will each be reviewed separately.