Near-Peer Mentors

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.