Contacting Your Mentor
Linking up with a research mentor can be accomplished in several ways. First, if you know an investigator, you can approach that investigator directly. Second, and more often, the process of finding a mentor begins by meeting with Dean Chung, who identifies your interest(s) and helps match you to an investigator.
What to consider when choosing a mentor:
- Research your mentor so you can truly understand their work. Explore their publication record: Publications may be listed on their department or lab page, or you can search the PubMed database by author or investigator. You can also search for their Washington University research Profile.
- Research their funding record using RePORTER. Review information on research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
How to contact a potential mentor:
- Send a polite, concise email introducing yourself
- Include your CV
Questions you may be asked by a potential mentor:
- Do you have any research experience?
- What would you like to accomplish this summer?
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
Meet with Dean Chung to review research opportunities and discuss the best match for your goals, schedule and interests.