For Prospective Mentors

Mentoring Information

Mentors with active research labs at graduate or undergraduate institutions are encouraged to be SPUR mentors. After faculty put in their name, applicants might contact them directly. In addition we will contact them to inform them whether a student nominating them has been selected, inviting them to participate in the program. They should hold meetings with students over the summer, involve them in ongoing research projects in the lab, provide training in research conceptualization, design, data analysis, and/or writing, and discuss professional development. The faculty mentor will also name a student mentor (graduate or senior undergraduate student) to assist with the activities and help the visitors explore the local social environment. The host lab will receive $500 to help offset the costs for incidental expenses, graduate mentor stipend, etc.

Co-Mentoring:  Although only one faculty person will be named the Primary Mentor, additional faculty may co-advise the student. This may be preferred at institutions where faculty tend to supervise students collectively. Faculty are also welcome to mentor more than one SPUR scholar in a given summer.  Having multiple students might be beneficial in that it provides a cohort to share the experience.

If you wish to be available to an undergraduate student as a mentor please apply using the form below by September 26, 2017.

Mentor Eligibility Requirements

  • Mentors must be personality and social psychologists
  • Mentors must have an active research lab at undergraduate or graduate research institutions


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