How Does Undergraduate Research Benefit Faculty Mentors?

Professional Satisfaction

Faculty mentors get a chance to develop projects within their own scholarly and professional interests, actively engaging students in research that broadens, deepens, and strengthens their academic experience. 

Investment in Students’ Futures

Professor Julie Marshall explains, “I believe undergraduate research to be at the heart of what we do at LCU; mentor students, spend one on one time with them, help them design experiments/projects, troubleshoot problems, prepare for presentation, and present the research. This process prepares students for graduate school or the work force.”

Personal Connections

Mentoring means investing in the lives of students. Faculty get to know these students very well, experiencing their strengths and their weaknesses and getting involved in their daily growth and maturation. Such personal connections are life-changing for both students and faculty.

Continuing Relationships

Well after graduation, these faculty-student relationships continue to bear fruit, whether in graduate school, the work force, alumni events, professional collaboration, or lifelong friendship.

The faculty mentor role is critical for undergraduate research, and those who get involved in mentoring student research help the university achieve its mission as a Christ-centered, academic community of learners, transforming the hearts, minds, and hands of students for lives of purpose and service.

University Life

Undergraduate research contributes to the life of the university and holds great potential to

  • To increase retention;
  • To promote an innovation-oriented culture;
  • To enhance student learning; and
  • To assist students in increasing opportunities for graduate school or employment.