One of the main things about Research Rookies is the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor. This chance is by far one of the more unique aspects of the program because it is so helpful for the student. By working with a faculty mentor, you get the opportunity to work alongside someone distinguished in their field, which is something you would not find at other universities.My favorite thing about working with my mentor is that he is there to help me when I need it but still gives me the opportunity to try to solve a problem by myself. My progress is going alright, I am not as far along as I would like but that is because of time constraints. I am going to be putting more of my free time into catching up on my project along with the time I had allocated to it originally.
My first semester as a peer leader was an interesting experience. I had not had the opportunity to guide a small group of highly motivated students before and it has helped me realize some things about myself. I felt like I was able to help them through issues they were having with their research and assorted other tasks, like the proposal, but I tended to come up short on trying to find engaging things for the small group meetings. This semester I’m going to try to be more proactive with small group meetings.