Faculty mentors are expected to work closely with the student in planning, developing and implementing the project:
Mentors should write a letter supporting the research project or presentation. For research grants and small project awards, this letter should mention specific reasons why this research is worthy of grant support. For travel grants, the letter should clearly state that the student will be the primary presenter of an oral or poster presentation. Additional details such as the relevance of this project to the student’s educational development or degree goals are welcomed.
Mentors are expected to work closely with the student in planning, developing and implementing the project. It is also expected that the mentor will be available throughout the program to answer questions and to help the student solve problems.
Mentors should have a supervisory role at every stage as the project develops.
Mentors should make sure that the students understand the required procedures to receive reimbursement.
Mentors are responsible for obtaining required approval for proposed research involving human or animal subjects and any biosafety requirements.
Mentors must also ensure that students will receive safety training when appropriate.
Proposals requiring approval by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants in Research, Institutional Animal Care and Use and Committee, or the Biosafety Committee will be considered by the Undergraduate Research Committee prior to regulatory approval, but fund availability will depend on those approvals. Copies of the approval must be provided to the Committee.
Mentors will be ultimately responsible for reporting the results of funded projects.
• At the end of the academic year each mentor must report the status of the project and dissemination of the findings (presentations and publications). This includes students receiving travel grants for the presentation of their research.
• An abstract describing the results of the project must be submitted by the student or faculty member to the Office of Undergraduate Research (UndergradResearch@towson.edu) at the end of the funding period. This requirement may be satisfied by the submission of an abstract for the Annual Student Research and Scholarship Expo. The final responsibility of submitting a final abstract rests, however, with the faculty member.
The final responsibility for submitting a final report rests with the faculty member. Failure to comply with the reporting requirement may result in temporary suspension of funding for subsequent projects mentored by the faculty member.
Office of Undergraduate Research
Honors College - Stephens Hall, Suite 300A