Undergraduate Research Mentor Development

Research Education will begin offering a Research Mentoring Certificate in Fall 2021

Faculty, staff, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars who complete the Research Mentoring Certificate through Research Education will be eligible to serve as mentors for the purposes of the OUR's funding programs (UROP, SPUR, travel/small grants). Those who previously completed the URMDP (see below) continue to be eligible to serve as mentors.

2017-2021 Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program

The Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program (URMDP) curriculum was developed by Catherine Showalter and Rachel Hayes-Harb, and the first cohort of 14 mentors completed the program in Spring 2017. Between 2017 and 2021, a total of 245 mentors have successfully completed the program (facilitated by Elizabeth Archuleta, Alexis Christensen, Rachel Hayes-Harb, Doug McKay, and Christie Toth). In 2021, the URMDP curriculum became the foundation for Vice President for Research/Research Education Research Mentoring Certificate.

The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program was to increase the capacity of the University of Utah to provide high-quality research mentors for undergraduate students by supporting Utah graduate student, post-doc, and faculty mentor development. The program involved six “modules” presented in online course format, in addition to five live meetings that used case studies to demonstrate issues that may arise in mentor-mentee relationships, and are intended to facilitate conversation and provide an opportunity for participants to work through problems collaboratively. Topics covered by the online modules and the case studies were organized around core mentor training competencies grounded in academic research (e.g. Pfund et al. 2013) and modified based on participant feedback and facilitator expertise.

Pfund C, House S, Spencer K, Asquith P, Carney P, Masters KS  McGee R, Shanedling J, Vecchiarelli S, Fleming M. A research mentor training curriculum for clinical and translational researchersClin Trans Sci. 2013; 6: 26 – 33.

OUR-Certified Mentors

Upon successful completion of the URMDP, graduate students and post-docs are eligible to serve in the place of ‘faculty mentors’ in the context of the Office of Undergraduate Research’s funding programs. If you completed the URMDP prior to summer 2021, you are considered an OUR-Certified Mentor for this purpose.

Beginning Fall 2021, mentors must be certified through Research Education. Once you have completed the REd Research Mentoring Certificate, you are automatically an OUR-Certified mentor. This status does not expire. You may, however, need to renew your certification through REd for any purpose outside of the OUR.

Please see below for a list of OUR-Certified Mentors: