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Mentorship is a key factor in the success of student scientists and engineers, and SARSEF staff continue to recruit volunteers who can provide opportunity and guidance to the many students excited to get involved in research.

A mentor is a volunteer who typically has a research component to their career or studies. While some are established in their careers, others are currently working on earning their degree. The common factor among all mentors is a dedication to helping the next generation explore and succeed in career paths related to their work.

Mentors support students by providing guidance throughout the process of planning, doing, and reporting out on a research project. They offer academic and career advice as well as access to the resources and knowledge students need to pursue their work. We utilize mentors in our STAR Lab as well as part of our Racing the Sun engineering program.

Apply to be a STAR Lab mentor

Mentors will meet with student mentees for at least an hour once a week. Some students will come to the UArizona campus STAR Lab to do their research, others will work remotely, so the weekly check-ins may be in person or via Zoom. In addition to mentoring the research process, mentors will review student written work: research proposal, research paper, poster or slide deck research presentation. Students will be coached and supported in the writing process by STAR Lab Facilitators. The program will run from the end of September to the beginning of March.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor to a high school student as they conduct research in a science, technology, engineering, or math field, reach out to Cindy Bujanda at