Become a Petit Scholar Mentor

The Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars program provides an opportunity for graduate students and post doctoral fellows to mentor undergraduate scholars for valuable mentoring and project management experience while allowing them to further their research interests. 

The 2015 program will run from January through December and the application review and interview process will take place in October/November of 2014.

Benefits to Mentors:

  • Graduate student mentors receive $750 for travel
  • Great CV builder, most employers prefer PhD’s with management experience
  • Labs receive $2,000 for materials and supplies

Mentor Application Guidelines:

  • Meet with your advisor to ask if mentoring an undergraduate is a good fit for you and your lab
  • Ask advisor to send an email to Colly Mitchell giving their approval for you to submit a project for consideration and confirming your full-year availability to mentor
  • Submit project proposals from September 22 - October 17, 2014

Project Selection:

  • Only projects which allow undergraduates to work independently will be considered
  • Projects will be reviewed and scored by a committee
  • A lab may submit more than one proposal, but each mentor can only submit one proposal

Other Program Requirements:

  • All mentors must be available to mentor scholars throughout the full calendar year, January 2015 through December 2015.
  • As a mentor, you will be asked to attend an orientation session in January 2015.  Additionally, mentors may be invited to donor events throughout the year to highlight the program.
  • A progress report and evaluation must be conducted on the mentee at the end of spring, summer and fall semesters


  • Undergraduates submit scholarship applications through September 19, 2014
  • Post docs and graduate students submit project proposals (along with faculty approval email) from September 22, 2014 - October 17, 2014
  • Newly-named scholars to conduct interviews with prospective mentors from October 20, 2014 - November 3, 2014
  • Mentors and scholars are matched and notifications sent by end of 1st week in November 2014
  • Program runs from January - December 2015

For questions about the mentoring program, contact Colly Mitchell


Petit Scholars Alumni

View a list of the previous Petit Scholars Classes. The program is now in its 16th year!

Program Contacts

Colly Mitchell
Program Coordinator

Thomas Barker, PhD
Faculty Mentor, Petit Scholars Program
Professor, Wallace H Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering