Mentor–Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions please contact Don Bard, Coordinator of Undergraduate Honors and Research Opportunities at ugrdhnrs@ucsc.edu.

Faculty Mentors Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible to be a mentor?
To be eligible as a Koret Scholars mentor you must have one of the titles below or be part of a research group that allows for research funds to be provided. Graduate students and postdocs are also eligible. 

Senate faculty (Professor series)
Researcher (Researcher series)
Teaching Professor
Adjunct Professor

I have previously mentored a Koret Scholar last year, can I mentor again this year?

Yes. Faculty mentors are allowed to mentor up to five Koret Scholars per year.
Graduate student mentors are allowed to mentor one Koret Scholar per year. 

How is the mentor letter of support submitted?
The student applicant uploads a pdf version of the letter of support to their online application. If mentors do not wish to provide student applicants with the letter, they should let us know well before the application deadline - by Friday, October 26 at the latest. In such cases we will arrange an alternate submission approach. 

How many total scholarships are available? 
We will be awarding 64 scholarships. We can award these to 42 faculty-mentored projects and11 graduate student-mentored projects. Faculty can mentor up to 5 Koret Scholars. Graduate students can mentor 1 Koret Scholar. 

Is this supposed to be an independent research project led by the student, or is it more broadly designed to facilitate student participation in ongoing research

Either pathway to student participation is acceptable. It could be something originated by the student or something that you have going on that the student could play a role in. 

How will the mentor funds be disbursed?

Faculty and post-docs: $500 will be allocated to your research accounts. Under the terms of the grant, this funding should be used in support of any research project that involves undergraduate student participation. (It does not have to be the same project as that under consideration with the Koret application.) The funds do not have to be spent by the end of the current academic year. We will refer to the faculty mentor acceptance form you filled out and contact your research accountant for specific clarifications. 

Graduate students: You will receive a $2,000 fellowship for mentoring a Koret Scholar. The fellowship will be awarded through financial aid and your student account; although no taxes are withheld, it is considered to be taxable income by the IRS. If you are currently participating in GAship/TAship you are still eligible for this fellowship.

Do you have any guidelines or expectations for mentoring throughout the program? 

When a faculty member is a mentor then we expect that mentoring would occur in the context of a 2 or 5 credit independent study and whatever contact or checking-in is appropriate for that. As a graduate student mentor, we would not have you sponsoring an independent study but would like to hear in your letter of support of a plan for guiding the student through the research experience. 

 If you have additional questions please contact Don Bard, Coordinator of Undergraduate Honors and Research Opportunities at ugrdhnrs@ucsc.edu.