MSTAR Research Opportunities & Selecting a Mentor
MSTAR Sample Grant Projects (Excel Spreadsheet)
Use the data on the Mentors, Research and More spreadsheet to explore the different types of research being conducted at the UNC MSTAR Site. NOTE: we request you do not directly contact UNC MSTAR mentors before speaking with the MSTAR coordinator since mentor availability varies from year to year.
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.
Reach out to your mentor to discuss project opportunities and ensure you have an interest in the research area or possible research projects.
Understanding the Role of a Mentor
After your appointment is confirmed and you are matched with your MSTAR Mentor, you will proactively prepare an outline for a research plan with your your mentor. Do this in Late April or early May. 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. Mentors are always available by email and your mentor wants to keep in touch with them throughout your academic program and into your career.