When I mentor students, I ensure that the learning environment is one where students are comfortable enough in that they do not feel threatened, are encouraged to think aloud, and feel a sense of belonging. I treat students with courtesy and dignity, and model this in front of other students to set the climate of the lab. Building strong relationships fosters a sense of trust, and working together on research projects in which students feel a sense of belonging ultimately enhances the quality of the work. This means facilitating bonding activities outside the lab such as...
Virtual celebration with the research team army, delivery of a ~personalized lab coat~ and cake to our Fall 2020 graduate: Dominic Calkosz, who has worked with me for the past 4 years, since we both started school at Carnegie Mellon.
Our undergraduate Research Assistants couldn't walk across the stage at graduation, but we know they’re going to change the world. Virtual celebration with the research team army, delivery of ~personalized lab coats~ and cakes to our 2020 graduates: Emery Noll and Carter Williams, who have worked with me for the past 3 1/2 years, almost the same amount of time I’ve been in graduate school.
Here’s the system of managing 17 undergraduate students - a little friendly competition based on game theory and some good old behaviorism via Skinner:
Team Building Scavenger Hunts are fun and great ways to strengthen group trust and collaboration. It’s an inexpensive but effective way of bringing a team together, and an entertaining activity related to the university campus culture.