Research has shown the positive influence of near-peer mentors in research training.
Near-peer mentors--MSU seniors or graduate students--will be hired to work with members of the Student Research Center, participants in the Summer Research Institute, and ASCEND Scholars.
These near-peer mentors will be trained during a mentorship retreat, held in the late spring.
The near-peer mentors' roles and responsibilities include:
- Leading the small groups in the Summer Research Institute;
- Assisting with selection of research topics;
- Assisting with accessing online and other library resources; and
- Assisting with writing proposals and assignments.
Selection of near-peer mentors will be based on their:
- Knowledge in the research fields covered in the Summer Research Institute;
- Didactic skills;
- Ability to communicate well, both in writing and orally; and,
- Synergy with their own educational development plan.
Note: Many graduate students at MSU have a teaching requirement that can be met by serving as near-peer mentors in the Summer Research Institute and for ASCEND scholars.