A faculty mentor is a project advisor. He or she will contribute varying degrees of guidance to the project that a student presents. When establishing this relationship it is important to remember:
A faculty mentor or a project advisor can be a professor or an administrator at St. John’s University.
The student should approach a professor about being their faculty mentor, either in person, in a phone conversation or in a formally worded email. This should be followed up with an office visit. The student should state as specifically as possible, how they would like help with their research, and what their topic is about. Oral explanations should be followed with an email listing the information in writing.
A faculty mentor does not need to be an instructor of one of the student’s current courses.
The faculty mentor does not need to be in the same department as the student’s major.
The student’s research topic does not need to fall into the category of their major.
The student and professor decide how much communication the mentor and student will have in the process of gathering research, finishing a project or developing the actual presentation.
The frequency of communication will vary by the research program. Some science research projects require faculty supervision in a lab, while others do not require such controlled settings to obtain direction or feedback.
When registering for an event, along with the information for the student, the student will also input information for the advisor in the online registration rorm. REGISTRATION IN NOW CLOSED.