Division ofNatural Sciences

Section 2 – Definition of Participant Roles

Director

The Natural Sciences Division Dean serves as the UR Program Director.

Coordinator

The NSCI Division Administrative Associate serves as the UR Program Coordinator.

Mentor

NSCI-funded mentors are PLU faculty selected to work closely with their chosen student-researchers throughout the ten-week summer research period and remain available to advise them through the regional Murdock Conference in October or November in the following fall semester. Mentors avoid activities that interfere significantly with this obligation. Some teaching and research activities may be allowed during the summer, but they must be specified in the NSCI-funded mentor application.

Student-Researcher

Student-researchers work closely with their mentor throughout the ten-week summer research period and continue to seek the mentor’s advice as they prepare a research poster and possibly a research talkthrough their attendance at the regional Murdock Conference in October/November in the following fall semester.

Non-NSCI-Funded Individuals

Students and faculty receiving non-NSCI funding are encouraged (but not obliged) to participate in the summer UR Program activities.

UR Program Task Force

The UR Program Task Force recommends policy to the Natural Sciences Division and then disbands. The UR Program Director, either with Chairs Council consent or at its request,convenes a new working group to consider any substantive policy changes. Each department determines how to select its own representative to serve on the new UR Program Task Force.