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Mentor Information for the Summer Student Scholar Program

About the Summer Student Scholars Program

The Summer Student Scholars Program aims to spark the interest of local undergraduate students in clinical research, and provide them with a broader perspective of such a career.


Rising juniors and seniors enrolled in an accredited US four-year college or university and interested in working with a Baystate faculty member are invited to apply to the 10-week program. Full program description and goals.

Looking For a Few Good Mentors

We are looking for 10 - 15 faculty mentors who have an active research project(s) that could involve an intern next summer.  We will attempt to match the research interests of mentors and students. 


Baystate faculty who are interested in being a research mentor, please complete the online Mentor Application/Project Proposal by February 1, 2014.  If you have any questions, email Paul Visintainer, Summer Student Scholars Program Director, or call him at 794-7686. 

Mentor Responsibilities

Time and Resources Commitment

Faculty mentors, or a designee, must be available throughout the 10 weeks to monitor progress on student research and provide at least five hours of oversight per week.  The faculty mentor is ultimately responsible for the research experience and must provide the necessary work space, computer access, training, and supplies for the Summer Scholar to be successful


The faculty mentor, or a designee, should also plan to attend the mentor luncheons and student presentations scheduled for:

  Date Time Location
Mentor Luncheon Monday, June 2 12:00 pm Chestnut 5
Final Presentations Thursday, August 7 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Chestnut 1
  Friday, August 8 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Chestnut 1
Mentor Luncheon Friday, August 8 12:00 pm Chestnut 1

Project Readiness

Faculty mentors are strongly encouraged to have a ready-to-go project in order to optimize the Summer Scholar experience. 

Projects Requiring Approval From an Ethics Board

  • If your Summer Scholar will be participating in a project requiring approval from an ethics board (e.g. IRB, IACUC, etc.), early and timely submissions are suggested to ensure an on-time start. 
  • For projects requiring IRB review, submissions are suggested no later than March 1 (full-board) or April 1 (expedited). 
  • Requesting applicable network access prior to June 1 will assist in expediting your Summer Scholar's orientation to your project.

Collaboration with the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Core

  • If you will be collaborating with the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research Core, plan to start discussing your project no later than January. 

Ensuring a Positive Experience for Your Summer Scholar

Best practices include providing your Summer Scholar with opportunities to:

  • extract data from a medical record
  • collect data for a prospective trial
  • obtain informed consent from study participants
  • perform data entry and data cleaning
  • perform descriptive data analysis
  • assist with interpretation of results
  • learn how to conduct a survey
  • learn how to write an abstract and manuscript