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Emerging Scholars Job Description Form

If you are interested in mentoring an Emerging Scholar student, fill out the following form by May 8, 2020 at 5 pm.

Note: Due to the continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak, the Emerging Scholars Program will be prioritizing student placement with research positions that can be done either in person or remotely for the 2020-2021 school year. This flexibility will allow us to provide the most continuity and support to students during a school year that may face disruptions. We know that mentoring students remotely will not work for all types of research, and hope that mentors will consider submitting job descriptions in future years if it will not work out for this year. Additionally, we are happy to work with mentors to determine how best to create remote projects for these students.

The Center for Undergraduate Research will follow up with you in the weeks following the deadline with more details about the program and information about getting matched with a student.  Note that not all job descriptions will be filled, as it will depend on finding a good match between students and mentors.

Depending on student interest, we may be able to place more than one Emerging Scholar with your project if you are interested. Please indicate how many students you are interested in mentoring through the program.
Describe the overall goals and purpose of this project. This may include the research question/topic, background, and methods. Describe how the student's work would fit into the overall project. Be sure to keep this description in language that is accessible to an undergraduate student.
Be as specific as possible so students can understand what types of tasks they might do as part of this position. Tasks should start out at an entry level that would be doable for a first-year student. Students should be given a variety of tasks that progress in difficulty/responsibility throughout the academic year.
Be specific about any qualifications or characteristics that would be required for a student who would excel in this position, keeping in mind that first-year students will likely not have previous coursework in your area or experience doing research. Things that you might include in this section: 1). scheduling requirements (time of mandatory weekly meetings, must be available for 3 hour blocks of time, etc.); 2). characteristics (attention to detail, organized, etc.); 3). interests or professional goals (curiosity about your topic, professional interest in your field, etc.).
Our office has funding to pay for some Emerging Scholars every year, but we always have many more applications than we are able to fund. Because we utilize the student's Federal Work Study award, the cost to KU for a first year student is only $500 for the academic year. If there is a possibility that you may be able to pay some or all of your student's wages through your own grant or departmental money, please indicate that here and we will follow up to work out details if we place a student in your position. However, it is not a requirement for faculty to have their own funds to pay for their students. We are hoping to be able to offer this opportunity to more students if we can leverage funds from people who do have the resources.

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