Seeking mentors for Biological Interactions Summer Research Program

The following is a recent message from Amber Smith and David Wassarman to potential mentors for the Biological Interactions Summer Research Program:

Dear Colleagues

The Biological Interactions Summer Research Program is beginning to recruit faculty mentors.  We are delighted to share we are planning for an in-person experience this summer! The BI Program will run from May 31 – August 6, 2022. Students from across the country apply to participate in a full-time mentored research experience. The program pays for the student’s stipend, food allowance, travel to Madison, health insurance, and university fees.

We have the following expectations for mentors in the BI Program:

  • Identify a project with the potential for the student to gather and analyze data during the 10-week program.
  • Consider the mentoring network in the lab and if possible, identify a co-mentor (grad student, postdoc, scientist) to provide daily support to the student.
  • Must have completed Research Mentor Training (prior to or concurrent with mentoring a student). BI mentors will have priority registration in RMT for Spring 2022 and Summer 2022.
  • Read a subset of applications (late February-early March) and attend a 1 hour meet and greet in early to mid-March with selected students.
  • Help students learn to communicate their science by providing timely and constructive feedback on their proposal poster, oral presentation, and mini proposal.

The student applications are due February 15, 2022. David and I will take a first pass review of applications and begin to reach out to potential mentors soon after. The selection and placement of students is highly time sensitive so we ask that you respond to our requests in a timely fashion.

If you are interested in being a mentor in the BI program, please fill out this brief interest form. Please reach out with any questions. Thank you for considering mentoring a BI student!

Best wishes,

Amber Smith and David Wassarman

Amber R. Smith, Ph.D (she, her, hers)
Associate Director, WISCIENCE
Director, Research Mentor and Mentee Training Programs
Director, Biological Interactions Summer Research Program

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