Preparation for the Program & Project
Contacting Your Research Mentor
After being notified of your acceptance into the program, then contact your research mentor as soon as possible. These early discussions and emails are critical for getting to know your mentor and their research. It is also necessary to establish the critical framework necessary for your research project early on in UNC MSTAR preparation. Browse the tabs below for more details about MSTAR preparation.
Both MSTAR mentors and past students highly recommend advanced preparation before your arrival. Primarily, this helps you hit the ground running with your research. On top of that, it will also impact your ability to communicate more effectively with your mentor and their research team.
The UNC MSTAR program requires a background check for each student. You will receive a link via email to complete the form online and sign electronically. It is important to do this right away. In addition, the background check website has a checklist which only you can monitor for completion. This checklist also helps prevent time-consuming delays which may affect your background check status. Delays may include:
assignment of a university identification number
ability to complete training modules
being added to your mentors IRB
having access to needed data systems
receiving a paycheck
Before beginning your research work at UNC, MSTAR requires students to complete the CITI and OSHA training modules. While you may have previously complete similar training modules for your home institution, the UNC MSTAR program also requires these modules.
After admission into the program, the coordinator then informs you which training modules you need for CITI and UNC OSHA (you receive links to these modules). Upon completion of each online training session, you received a certificate of completion. In turn, you must then email this certificate to the program coordinator for the University and program records.