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Mentoring Undergraduates in Research

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Term: Spring 2023

Date: January 11th, 2023

Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Location: North End Center, Room 2420

Instructor: Stephanie Lewis

Presented By: Office of Undergraduate Research




Drawing from multiple well established sources and programs, including the nationally recognized Entering Mentoring curriculum, this free half-day workshop will engage participants through interactive sessions on recognizing their expertise, exploring what a mentor is and is not, what a mentor does, and guidelines and best practices for mentoring undergraduate students in research. The principles presented will be applicable broadly to all areas of research. Participants will be required to prepare for the workshop by reading introductory documents and case studies to be posted on a dedicated Canvas site; preparation time will not exceed two hours.

This workshop is open to faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. Participants are eligible to receive PDN credit. Program capacity is 50, accepted on a first come, first served basis. Participation in this workshop is free but registration will be required. Complete the online registration form by January 7 at 5pm.

The workshop is developed and facilitated by Dr. Stephanie (Nikki) Lewis, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Honors College, who brings over 10 years of experience and training in mentoring undergraduates and graduates in research, and is co-developer of a scaffolded research mentoring model for computational research ( currently used in the Brown Experiential Learning Lab at Virginia Tech ( 

Sponsored by:   The Office of Undergraduate Research, HHMI Inclusive Excellence in the Sciences at Virginia Tech, and the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. 

Contact Keri Swaby at with any questions.