FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW WILL THE ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS BE SCHEDULED?
The learning coordinator will initially connect you and your research mentor together over email or another mutually agreed upon platform. We then ask that you and the research mentor coordinate directly to find a mutually agreeable time weekly for the following eight weeks. The research mentor will then send an invite to the student and include a personal Zoom link. For any issues, please contact the learning coordinator.
WHAT IF I WANT TO CHANGE MY RESEARCH QUESTION LATE IN THE PROGRAM?
A student may wish to change their topic of interest late into the program. If this is the case, we encourage the research mentor and the student to assess whether it will be feasible to address that area in the time remaining and to develop a plan to execute on it. If it is not possible, then either the research mentor and student should continue on the agreed-upon topic or an extension of the course may be required. In any case of confusion, contact the learning coordinator.
WILL MY RESEARCH BE PUBLISHED AFTER THE PROGRAM?
Lumiere does not provide a promise to any student that their research will be published. However, Lumiere will provide resources for students to explore if the student is motivated and interested in continuing to work on this topic and sharing with potential relevant research journals or conferences. Possible publications include undergraduate science journals, high school science journals, and conferences.
CAN I ASK MY RESEARCH MENTOR FOR A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION?
All mentors, at the end of the program, will assign a grade to students’ research paper and write a short evaluation. In addition to this, many students will find that their research mentor has gained a unique perspective on them and their academic ability. Naturally, the question arises if the mentor is able to write a recommendation letter. In this case, it is entirely appropriate to ask your mentor for a letter of recommendation. However, just as with any academic mentor, they are not required to do so. They will likely assess your performance during the program when making the decision whether or not to write a letter.
HOW IS THE RESEARCH TOPIC CHOSEN? DO I NEED TO KNOW WHAT MY TOPIC IS IN ADVANCE?
We do not expect students to come into Lumiere with a clearly defined research question – though some do. For all students, we expect that your research question will evolve and sharpen as you learn and work with your mentor. Your mentor will act as a guide – not working on your research project for you – but, guiding you in the direction of the most fruitful work. Logistically, we expect that students have aligned on a research question by the end of week 4. This question will then be vetted and refined with your research mentor. From there, over the following four weeks, you will be expected to create a research proposal, a first draft of the research paper, and then a final draft at the end of week 8
CAN WE ONLY DO RESEARCH IN THE AREAS LISTED?
We have mentors across every major academic discipline. If there is a community of researchers working on a topic, at least one (and usually many) of them are our mentors. The list of academic topics is meant to be a sample and not an exhaustive list of possible research topics.