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2024 Summer Research Experience

Mentor calendar and to-do list

May 20-24

ActionPurposeTemplate or link
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Create and send welcome email to participantsIntroduce yourself and the lab/research to the participant; generate excitement2024 Welcome Email template
Create Lab Structure & Team handoutFamiliarize participant with people and faces they'll be working with this summerLab Structure and Team Organizer

Before your participant arrives on campus

ActionPurposeTemplate or link
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Review the Initial Meeting ChecklistThis will be a topic of discussion during the first on-campus meeting with your participant; it provides both of you with necessary information about your summer together2024 Initial Meeting Checklist
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Create an overview of the participant's research projectProvides the participant with context for the research project as well as resources and a timeline for completionResearch Project Guide NEW

Research Project Guide EXAMPLE
Complete the Background and Resources Guide for your participantConcisely lists many of the necessary documents and information for the summer research experienceRET Mentor Resources Template
Print copies of 2-3 relevant research papersProvides the participant with background information and context for their summer project

Initial days of the program

ActionPurposeTemplate or link
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Review program calendar, adding any important lab dates (vacations, conferences, etc.)Ensure a mentor/guide for the participant, even if someone in the lab needs to be absent during the RET/U2024 RET and REU Program Calendar
Already included
RSVP for program Welcome LuncheonThis is the program's kick-off event and we look forward to seeing everyone there!June 11 RSVP for REU mentors

June 21 RSVP for RET & REU mentors
Complete Meetings 1 and 2 of the BoxContinue getting to know each other and discuss specifics of the research project

during the research experience

Enjoy the July 4th holiday - no lab work or PD on July 4-5
Complete Meetings 3-5 in the BoxThis includes scheduling meetings with Maureen and Eric - use the links here to reserve your time!July 1-3 meetings

July 22-24 meetings
Work with your participant to complete program deliverables
*Reflective essay - due July 25 at 12pm
*Joint poster - due July 26 at 12pm
Important note: Chemurgy posters are due on Monday, July 22 for use at the Annual Symposium2024 RET-REU Poster Template and Info
Attend program celebration and poster session on July 30 from 9am to 1pm
Attend participant final learning talks (Zoom) on August 2 from 9am to 1pm