Participating in undergraduate research and creative scholarship is one of the best ways for students to develop the analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills that will carry them forward in their academic or other career path. Undergraduate research is a high-impact practice that leads to significant educational benefits, especially for students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. Read more about the benefits of mentorship in this Mentoring for Inclusion article.

Mentoring involves sharing your time, expertise, and advice to enhance another’s knowledge and skills. While mentoring is a skill you can develop (and some people are more inclined to than others), your willingness to spend time and good energy with undergraduate students is key.