Biology 499R is Emory’s undergraduate research for credit program in the biological sciences. Each semester, nearly 150 Emory undergraduates participate in the program. Students conduct research in labs in Emory’s College of Arts and Science, in Emory School of Medicine and beyond. While most of a student’s grade is determined by the student’s research mentor, students also have some assignments over the course of the semester to help them prepare to present their research. At the end of each fall semester, students must submit a research report in a format similar to a peer-reviewed journal article, and in the spring students either give a short research talk or present at a poster symposium, organized by the Department of Biology, during Emory Undergraduate Research Week. Below are a set of resources for Biology 499R mentors. The course is directed by Dr. Nicole Gerardo, a professor in the Biology Department.
General Resources for Undergraduate Research Mentors
- Written Documents that Can Facilitate Clear Communication and Setting Expectations:
- Mentor-Mentee Agreement. Based on resource developed by the University of Kansas, this provides a set of questions for students and mentors to work through together.
- Mentor Agreement. This allows a mentor to outline what a mentee can expect of them and what they expect of a mentee. This document was created by Sophie Pierszalowski and Kameron Kadooka for use by Oregon State University faculty.
- Other written documents that may facilitate communication.
- Emory’s Office of Undergraduate Research. Includes information on fellowships and other funding available for Emory undergraduates
- Mentoring Across Identities in STEM.
Biology 499R Specific Resources
- 499R Student Information Packet
- Spring 2022 Biology 499R Syllabus, including schedule of assignments (some deadlines may change)
- Example Research Reports. Note, the formatting requirements change slightly each semester, so consider these as general examples
- Example Research Posters. Note, the formatting requirements change slightly each semester, so consider these as general examples