Student Reflection


The Student Reflection is part of the Pre-Research step.

Dear Student:

Please answer the following questions and submit it to your mentor. We do not expect very long responses to any of the questions. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, so please just respond to the best of your ability. Our purpose in posing the questions is to help your mentor understand as much as possible about your views, expectations, interests, knowledge and skills, so that he or she can be best positioned to assist you in your work. Your answers will be available only to your faculty mentor, your campus research director, and an independent program evaluator, all of whom will respect your confidentiality. Your responses will not be shared with administrators or any other faculty. Thank you.

  1. Why did you decide to do an undergraduate research project and what is the value you see in conducting research?
  2. How did you decide on your research topic?
  3. What do you think will be the outcome(s) of your research and in what way(s) do you think your research could add to existing knowledge in your field?
  4. Have you ever conducted research independently or as part of a course? If so, please briefly describe the experience.
  5. Please discuss what you know about the research process.
  6. What strengths do you bring to this project and what uncertainties, if any, do you have about undertaking the project?
  7. How do you see your faculty mentor's role in the project?
  8. What would you do if you encountered an unexpected problem or setback in your research and it was not obvious how to proceed?
  9. How might you assess the value of your research project if you were unable to realize your project goals?
  10. Please describe how scholars in your field communicate and interact professionally.
  11. Why is ethical behavior in conducting research essential?
  12. Please describe your current academic and work career plans. How will this research project be relevant to those plans?
  13. In thinking about the research project you are about to begin, what concerns you the most?
  14. Please use the space below to provide any additional thoughts you'd like to share with your research mentor.