CaRES preceptors and interns should work together to make the most of each internship experience. Expectations for faculty preceptor performance and student intern performance are listed below. Some items are not applicable to all types of projects (i.e., laboratory versus clinical versus community-based projects). We realize that meeting these expectations will be more challenging in a virtual environment but do your best!
The CaRES Preceptor should . . .
- Be a model of professional work habits and attitudes.
- Review and discuss with the student the objectives, activities, and anticipated outcomes of the internship before it begins (documented by the CaRES Mentoring Contract).
- Explain to the student the structure and function of the laboratory program or research program.
- Introduce the student intern to collaborating faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff.
- Provide regular one-on-one mentorship and ensure that the student has access to trusted and capable colleagues who can help mentor him or her.
- Invite (or require) the student to attend regular lab meetings or research progress meetings, in-person or virtually.
- Hold one-on-one meetings with the student several times each week, as described in the mentoring contract.
- Check with the student periodically to ascertain whether he / she is satisfied with the internship and determine how satisfaction can be increased.
- Deal directly with the student if work effort or performance is inadequate, and if necessary, ask Dr. Waterbor to meet with the student to discuss how performance can be improved.
- Inform Dr. Waterbor if the student resigns from his / her CaRES position, should be dismissed from CaRES, or should be transferred to another project to make a research contribution and earn the stipend anticipated.
- Complete the CaRES “Exit Evaluation” that will be sent to all CaRES preceptors at the end of the summer.
- Remain in touch with the student intern in upcoming years to offer encouragement and suggest collaboration.
The CaRES Student should . . .
- Exhibit professionalism in all aspects of the internship including dependability, superlative work ethic, and maintenance of positive relationships with the preceptor, collaborating faculty, fellow students, and staff.
- Remain fully aware of all expectations and agreements regarding completion of the research project.
- Work on the schedule agreed upon and be fully prepared to work hard each day.
- Become part of the research team and adhere to all research program guidelines, procedures, and policies.
- Treat all members of the research team with respect, regardless of their degrees, rank, duties, or limitations.
- Fully prepare for one-on-one meetings with the preceptor each week, as described in the mentoring contract.
- Inform the preceptor, as far in advance as possible, of anticipated work absences due to illness, vacations, or other reasons, so that arrangements can be made to get the work done by other members of the research team.
- Deal directly with the preceptor if mentorship seems inadequate, work duties seem trivial, or to discuss other concerns. If concerns are not resolved promptly, contact Dr. Waterbor who will intervene if necessary.
- Attend the CaRES Orientation Meeting, Seminar Series, and Poster Session.
- Present a poster describing research goals, methods, and preliminary results, for the CaRES Poster Session.
- Work with the preceptor and collaborators to prepare an abstract, poster, or podium presentation for a professional meeting or conference; and / or draft a paper relating to the CaRES research project.
- Complete the CaRES “Exit Evaluation” form that will be sent to all CaRES students at the end of the summer; and participate in other evaluation activities if invited to do so.
APRIL 19, 2021