Expectations of Students and Mentors Participating in the REU
Program. The following Student-Mentor Contract was developed
in consultation with participants and mentors that have been involved in REU
Programs at Kansas State University in past years. The Contract
outlines expectations for incoming REU students and mentors to give an indication
of how the independent research projects should be conducted.
- Students will be provided with a research
stipend, an allowance for research supplies, access to
university resources, and accommodation.
Students will be expected to work
independently on their research projects but will receive
sufficient guidance from their mentors to complete their
- Students will probably work more than 40 hours
per week on their research projects. Field work may entail
irregular hours or adverse field conditions.
- Students will be active participants in all
aspects of the REU program, including orientation activities,
the seminar in Grassland Ecology, field trips, and the research symposium.
- Students will be expected to participate in
tasks that keep a research laboratory functioning properly.
Responsibilities may include ordering supplies and materials,
maintaining research equipment or assisting lab technicians.
- Students will act responsibly when using
research equipment and project vehicles. Research facilities
will be kept orderly and well maintained.
- Students should recognize that the independent
projects are not guaranteed to produce research results that
can be published in the scientific literature. Experiments can
fail and the ten week period may be too brief to collect
adequate data. Prior projects have been published but usually
require additional effort by the student after completion of
the REU program.
- Students will make all of the data from their
research available to the mentor before they leave the REU
- Students will assist the Program Coordinator
by responding promptly to requests for information that are
part of evaluations of the REU program.
- Mentors will provide an environment where
students can gain first-hand knowledge about designing and
performing ecological research.
- Mentors will offer students opportunities for
independent research and will not solely use them as
undergraduate field technicians.
- Mentors will assist students in selecting
research problems. Assistance may vary from a detailed
research plan to informal guidance on projects developed by
- Mentors will encourage originality and
independent effort by the student in the design and
implementation of their research projects.
- Mentors may require that project topics be
restricted to areas of research that are in progress in the
- Mentors will inform students during first
contacts if they have specific expectations about the research
to be conducted.
- Mentors will provide adequate guidance to
students as their research project progresses. The mentor may
be assisted by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in
the mentorís laboratory.
- Mentors will give appropriate credit to
students in any publications that result from REU research
Last updated: October 2010