MSTAR Research Opportunities & Selecting a Mentor

Current MSTAR Grant Projects (Excel Spreadsheet)

Use the data in the Current Grant Projects spreadsheet to explore the different types of research being conducted at the UNC MSTAR Site.  Navigation for the tabs is at the bottom left of the spreadsheet. The organization of the tabs may vary from year to year and will either be organized by the last name of the researcher or by research topic.

Select 3 mentors with whom you would like to collaborate and their specific projects you have an interest in. Next contact the UNC MSTAR Program Facilitator & Evaluator, Dr. Ellen Roberts, to convey through discussion which mentors and projects you have an interest in.  If you do not have a specific mentor or area of research in mind Dr. Ellen Roberts will assist you.

Understanding the Role of a Mentor

After your appointment is confirmed and you are matched with your MSTAR Mentor, you will proactively prepare for your summer research project by contacting your mentor.  Together you and your mentor will define and refine your project, and develop a work plan. Your mentor may also provide you with a reading list to familiarize you with the project so you can confidently begin your research upon arrival.

During your time at the UNC Site your mentor will meet with you a minimum of once weekly even if working with other researchers. Your mentor will be at one or more social gatherings, may present at a didactic session, provide guidance on your research manuscript, and write an evaluation reviewing your project and performance.