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Undergraduate Research

For Mentors

Mentors inspire, guide and encourage undergraduate researchers to achieve their goals in the lab, in the field and wherever their scholarly journeys lead. Without you, our students would miss out on many learning and enrichment opportunities. 

What Is Expected of You

  • Assist your student in development and articulation of the project idea and plan. (Please note: the student is the primary author of the proposal but should work in collaboration with you through the editing process.)
  • Help your student understand the methods and concepts of research and scholarship within your field.
  • Guide and train your student in the skills and/or techniques needed to complete the project (including compliance with human subjects/IRB and animal care and use).
  • Be available during the project period. You and your student should establish ground rules and expectations during the planning stage. 
  • Oversee and manage account expenditures. Mentors and students are responsible for overages.
  • Ensure your student meets the program requirements, terms and conditions.

Faculty members planning sabbaticals during the Magellan Scholar project period must identify a secondary mentor during this period or consider alternatives.

Research Contracts
Some mentors have found it helpful to develop a research contract that can assist in establishing duties, expectations, and deadlines. This contract template [doc] may be helpful and can be modified to fit your needs.


Your Application Responsibilities

You will need to help your student as they prepare their forms, budget and other application materials

Formal Project Proposal

You will need to submit the formal proposal (project description, budget form and mentor forms) through USCeRA.

Help Submitting
See our USCeRA Submission Process guidance.

The 5 p.m. deadline is for submission of the completed application and proposal. Electronic signatures from the chair and dean can be submitted later. 

Trouble Submitting?
Call Julie Morris at 803-777-4649.


Commonly Asked Questions

Visit the Using Your Money page for details on managing the Magellan Scholar grant.

No. Magellan Scholar awards are made to a specific student, and no other student may be supported through the grant.

Yes, Magellan Scholar projects are subject to IRB/IACUC oversight and approval. Visit the Office of Research Compliance for more information and project submission.


When to Submit
Projects should be submitted for review once you are confident the project will be started. If the project will not be done unless funding is received, then it does not need to be submitted until the Magellan Scholar grant is awarded. If it will be done even if the grant is not awarded, then it is recommended that the submission process be started as soon as possible.

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