Finding a Mentor and Project
Linking up with a project mentor through Explore can be accomplished in several ways. First, if you know a faculty member you want to work with, you can approach that faculty directly. Second, and more often, the process of finding a mentor begins by meeting with the Pathway Lead, who will help you to identify your interest(s) and help match you to a faculty member.
What to consider when looking for a mentor:
- Research potential mentors so you can truly understand their work. A good starting point is to search for Faculty using the Washington University Profiles website. Faculty members who do not have a primary designation in the medical school may not be listed in Profiles.
- Think about how faculty work aligns with your interests and goals. Many of our faculty do work that overlaps with the Explore Pathways.
After you’ve done a starter search to identify potential faculty mentors, schedule a meeting with the relevant Explore Pathway Lead:
- Meeting with the Pathway Leads is a critical step. The Pathway Leads will discuss your potential interests with you and will make further recommendations on faculty mentors based on this discussion.
- Find the Pathway Leads and their contact information by using the individual Pathway buttons to the left. Or, contact Explore at email@example.com.
How to interact with your mentor:
- Be receptive to instruction and critical feedback
- Ask questions and indicate when help is needed
- Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude
- Show appreciation of your mentor’s time and involvement