Become a Mentor

If you are on faculty at the University of Alabama and engage in research or equivalent creative activities, we invite you to be an Emerging Scholar Mentor! Mentors guide Emerging Scholars through the research process and help Scholars develop lifelong skills.

Why Become an Emerging Scholars Faculty Mentor?

Work with talented, motivated students

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2012 Emerging Scholar Wesley Taylor and faculty mentor Dr. Anthony Arguengo

The Emerging Scholars Program selects students with a demonstrated passion for learning and a natural curiosity about the world around them.  Emerging Scholars are smart, enthusiastic, and self-driven. They are leaders on campus and shining examples of The University of Alabama’s commitment to excellence in education and research. They are an invaluable addition to any lab or research project.

Scholars represent a variety of majors and interests spanning the many Departments on campus. Many of them are assisting with groundbreaking research and representing The University of Alabama at national conferences and in publications. No matter what your area of interest, there is likely a Scholar who wants to work with you.

Support from a program that cares about undergraduate research

Under the Emerging Scholars Program, first year UA students are given training and support in their education and career goals.

Through UA 155, students are prepared to think critically and creatively about research problems. Under the guidance of the program, they learn how to present themselves professionally and manage their time efficiently.

2014 Emerging Scholar Bethany Corne and her mentor Dr. Chris Vargo (APR) pose in front of her URCA 2015 presentation.

2014 Emerging Scholar Bethany Corne and her mentor Dr. Chris Vargo (APR) pose in front of her URCA 2015 presentation.

Once a Scholar begins his or her research with a faculty mentor, the Emerging Scholars Program staff is available to help them with questions or concerns they may have as they work together.  The program also helps students prepare to present their research at the annual University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Conference. This valuable learning experience prepares students to discuss and present their research in professional settings.

To help support the faculty mentor’s research goals, faculty mentors receive a stipend for the first semester that they mentor each Emerging Scholar. After their first semester has ended, the program encourages Scholars to continue working with their faculty mentor until graduation.

Don’t take our word for it

Here are just a few compliments from our Emerging Scholars faculty mentors:

“I have had the honor of mentoring 19 Emerging Scholars since the inception of the program. These students have been simply brilliant! Each student has, in her or his own way, embraced the process of scientific inquiry and contributed in significant ways to projects that investigate a diverse array of topics in the biological sciences, from the effects of environmental pollutants on behavior and physiology and sex differences in metabolic rates to habitat preferences and temperature-dependent sex determination. The Emerging Scholars program provides a unique opportunity for students in the early stages of their undergraduate careers to innovate, to dive into the primary literature, to assemble a tremendously diverse skill set (both intellectual and technical), and to participate in each and every aspect of hypothesis-driven scientific investigation. It has been a distinct pleasure to mentor such highly motivated and passionate students!”

— Ryan L. Earley
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Earley’s website

“Last year was my first experience with an Emerging Scholar, and I could not have been more two students working with computersimpressed with her eagerness and intelligence. When I introduced her to data analysis and suggested a research topic on which we could collaborate, she took the ball and ran with it, performing at the level of a graduate student. The positive experience made me eager to participate in the program this next year.”

— Kathryn S. Oths
Professor, Department of Anthropology

“I’ve mentored four students in the Emerging Scholars program over the past couple years, and I’m set to have five more join me next fall. The students’ involvement in my research has been a win-win. I have appreciated their help and involvement in our projects, and they have been given the opportunity to gain hands on research experience. One student became so immersed in what we were doing that he volunteered as a participant.”

— Jonathan E. Wingo
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Director, Exercise Physiology Laboratory

Find out more and become an Emerging Scholars Faculty Mentor!

anne-webb-300x199Please look through the website and the “Becoming Mentor” section for more information about what it takes to become an Emerging Scholars mentor.