Faculty Mentors

Faculty Mentors are an integral part of the McNair Scholars Program at Lamar University.  They are key to successful research projects and for guiding Scholars into a graduate program.

Being a Faculty Mentor to a McNair Scholar is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference in terms of long-term success and personal accomplishment.  The McNair Scholars Program places exceptional responsibility upon its mentors as positive role models for Scholars.  The program relies upon its faculty to not only guide their mentees in research, but in their professional development as aspiring young Scholars as well.  The program sincerely appreciates mentors for their valued contribution and the considerable time and effort spent working with McNair Scholars. 

Importance of Faculty Mentors

-       Broaden horizons

-       Show the whole picture

-       Help Scholars shift mental context

-       Help Scholar imagine a world where he/she is successful

-       Share coping skills for managing stress of change

-       Give access to professional community

-       Empower others


Expectations of Faculty Mentors 

-       Help formulate a research problem

-       Help develop a literature review

-       Help develop a proposal

-       Help formulate goals & objectives

-       Assist with conducting research

-       Assist with interpreting outcomes

-       Exam potential graduate programs with Scholar

-       Meet weekly with Scholar during summer internship

-       Be present for Oral Defense in October

-       Be present for Symposium presentation in November

-       Be present for Annual Banquet in December

-       Promotion of McNair to potential Scholars