Finding a Faculty Mentor
Finding a faculty member to mentor you and chair your thesis committee is one of the most important aspects of success in the Honors Undergraduate Thesis program. Your faculty mentor is the person with whom you will be working most closely over the course of your research or creative project. It is important that you select a mentor whose interests and expertise correspond with your own so that they can best help you develop your project.
Projects and mentors can be found in a variety of ways. Below are some suggestions. For best success, try several of these methods.
Office of Honors Research list of potential thesis chairs
OHR has a list of faculty who have indicated that they are available to mentor Honors thesis students, along with information about their areas of expertise. To access this list, meet with an Honors Thesis peer mentor during walk-in hours or make an appointment.
Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Research Position Database
The UCF Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) maintains a campus-wide research database. Faculty and graduate students post a wide variety of research positions to this database that would benefit from the assistance or inclusion of an undergraduate researcher. In order to access this database, students must receive permission through the following on-campus offices and resources:
- Drop-in peer advising in the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research
- Attending an Office of Undergraduate Research “How To: Get Started in Undergraduate Research” workshop
Please note that access is not granted through an informal request (such as e-mail or a phone call). Students must meet with a staff member or attend a workshop to be given access information.
Review the websites of academic departments to review affiliated faculty members and their research interests and ongoing projects. Most faculty members post the list of their research publications or a copy of their Curriculum Vita (an academic resume that lists their professional presentations, publications, teaching experience, grants, etc.). Browse these faculty profiles to see if someone is working on a project that is interesting to you. If so, contact them to ask for an appointment to discuss their research. Faculty members generally enjoy meeting with students who are interested in their work and have done some "homework" ahead of time to become familiar with their research. During this meeting, you can ask about getting involved in their research.
Faculty members often discuss their research in class. If you have had professors whose enthusiasm for their research has spread to you, let them know! Again, faculty members enjoy hearing from students on whom they have made an impact in the classroom. Perhaps you have a friend who has spoken highly of a professor she or he has had. Schedule a meeting to discuss their research and whether or not it is possible for you to get involved.