Information for Undergraduate Mentors

How to use our website and some FAQs.

Why should I mentor high school students?

Why mentoring students can benefit you:

  • Impact. You are volunteering your time towards educating the next generation of scientists, leaders, etc
  • Fairness. Underpriviliged students receive a disproportionate number of opportunities to further their education outside of school. Your service may help level the playing field.
  • Practical reasons. For undergraduates planning to apply to graduate school (including medical school), not only are you fulfilling your required hours of service, but you are gaining experience as a project leader, which is a unique advantage that can increase your chances of being accepted.

How to use and get the most out of our service

There are three ways you can help high school students on their research journey:

  1. Lead a project.
  2. Mentor high school students along their own project.
  3. Teach a general overview of the field

Leading a project

If you have a project idea in mind and are willing to dedicate the time and resources to mentor others along the project, you may post the opportunity on our job board after you register for an account. The project idea should be generally accessible yet challenging to a motivated high school student: not too easy to figure out, but not too advanced to discourage them. Students interested in your project will email you at the address you provided on your profile, and you can initiate further communication thereon. After you have received enough students, you may delete your post by clicking on the post, clicking edit, then delete. You may also specify course prerequisites that students must fulfill before applying for your research opportunity (like knowledge of genetics, beams, basic human anatomy, sophomore chemistry, etc).

If you are able to perform experiments (computational), you will follow the 12 week plan with experiments as a general guideline for keeping your student on track. Otherwise, follow the 12 week plan without experiments. See Services for more information about the plans.

Mentoring high school students along their own project

If you do not have a project idea in mind, you can still help out by mentoring a high school student who already has an idea in mind but require guidance on how to approach that idea. To do so, create an account and browse through the posts made by a high school students requesting for mentorship. After you find one that you are interested in an think that you think you could provide assistance for, click on the post and view the poster's profile, where you can find the student's email address. You can then email the student and express your interest in mentoring them.

If you are able to perform experiments (computational), you will follow the 12 week plan with experiments as a general guideline for keeping your student on track. Otherwise, follow the 12 week plan without experiments. See Services for more information about the plans.

Teach a general overview of the field

If a project cannot be done, either because no suitable ideas were agreed upon, or because the project requires extensive equipment that not be done remotely (like neuroscience or biology research), you can also mentor the student over knowledge in the field and general lab techniques. In this program, you will follow the 12 week plan without experiments. See Services for more information about the plans. You will guide the student towards a general understanding of research in your field and write a review paper with them, which you can submit for publication or you can send to us so we can showcase your work on our website.



Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do I need to be interviewed/what will the interview be about?

We aim to give high school students a quality introduction to research. We understand that starting research and teaching it is difficult and requires some expertise. Thus, the interview will gauge your skills of mentoring students in your field of specialty. You can start your application to be a mentor here.

How do I verify my volunteer hours?

If you require confirmation that you have done these services, at the end of each mentorship session, or at the end of each week, please fill out our volunteer form, and make sure your student also fills it out. This form will track the number of hours you volunteered, and the student will confirm it. When you require that we send the hours to a institution, please email us at [email protected], and we will provide further guidance. If you do not need verification for your hours, you do not need to fill out the form.

Do I need to do anything on here or with the leaders of Scope Research after the student and I connect?

As long as everything is going well, there's no need to do anything else on our website, unless if you want to find more students! Please do let us know of any feedback though, either with the students or with our website.

What are the expectations for us as mentors?

You have freedom to define the expectations, but please make sure the student is generally following our 12 week plans, depending on if you have a research idea with the student.

When will the research appointments take place, especially during this pandemic?

If the research that you specialize in is virtual, then you may begin as soon as you connect with a student.

Do I have to follow the 12 week plans exactly?

You may go at your own pace, but the plans are to help keep you on track. If you miss a deadline for a week, there's no worry, we just hope that you can continuously make progress with the student in a reasonable amount of time.

Will I get paid as an undergraduate mentor?

As a non-profit in its early stages, we decided it would be difficult to pay our mentors. In addition, in order to receive volunteer hours, the work must be unpaid. Mentors will function as volunteers and members of executive teams at campuses will function as executives or leaders of the club chapters. Furthermore, we plan to re-invest all of the money obtained from our revenue streams back into the organization. This may be in the form of purchasing materials for research projects, subscriptions, or scholarships for those who cannot afford to use our products.

How will you ensure accountability of the mentors?

At SCOPE, we strive to be an organization that is made up of high quality, hard working individuals and we want this to be especially true of our mentorship team. For this reason, we have a rigorous application process for these mentors. Furthermore, once a mentor has started mentoring a mentee, they will be continuously checked on by the Undergraduate Mentor Relations Director at their nearest campus chapter of SCOPE (i.e a mentor who attends UT Austin will be checked by the Undergraduate Mentor Relations Director from UT Austin)

NOTE:

Please update us through email ([email protected]) or with the below survey about your experiences with the students you have connected with through our platform so we can provide a better service for you.

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