RMP Mentors

Mentor Applications for the 2023 program are now closed. Please visit us again in March for information about our 2024 program. 

Program Information

Program dates: June 26 – August 4, 2023 (Session A) 

RMP is a unique and rigorous six-week summer program that engages talented high school students from all over the world in interdisciplinary, hands-on, university-level research. Join our program as a mentor and help create an academically inspiring summer for our next generation of researchers.

Ideal mentors: Researchers who want to share their passion for research and their field of expertise with highly qualified and motivated students.

A notable feature of the program is that students select a research project during a four-day virtual component (June 20 – June 23, 2023) before arriving on campus. Mentors will have an opportunity to pitch and showcase their research projects to the entire RMP student body. Students then submit their preferences and are matched with a project based on a series of proven criteria. On the third day of the program, students are introduced to their assigned mentors and begin their work.


Mentor Stipend

$1,200* per student

  • Each Mentor may supervise up to 4 students to earn up to $4,800 in Session A

  • Up to $60 in research supplies per student mentored (with prior approval and reimbursed with receipts)

  • $50 Amazon gift card is guaranteed if you and your project(s) are not selected by students

*Mentors can choose to receive a stipend (payroll) or research funds managed by their department of choice. 

Mentor Eligibility

  • Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Scientist, Faculty

  • Must be available (on campus) during the program dates

  • All disciplines considered in STEM, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (interdisciplinary preferred)

The last day to withdraw a mentorship appointment is June 1, 2023. Withdrawing past this date will require you to find a replacement mentor.

Project Eligibility

  • Mentors may submit up to 2 distinct research projects

  • Up to 2 students per project (each student must investigate a unique question)

  • Project(s) must involve ongoing research efforts

  • The proposed project(s) must have a hands-on component (i.e., computational, theory, field, lab, survey, archival, primary source analysis, etc.)

Mentor Training

Mentors must attend one virtual orientation before the start of the program:

  • Thursday, June 1, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Friday, June 2, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

  • Monday, June 5, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Virtual Project Pitches

June 20 – June 23, 2023 (scheduled)

Mentors will be pitching each project to the RMP cohort during the virtual component of the program. This process ensures that the student is not only engaged in the research topic but also meets the technical requirements of the project.

Mentors will have 7 minutes to pitch a project and take questions from the audience. They will also be invited to attend the break sessions to meet with students directly and answer additional questions. Mentors will be able to choose session blocks in the application form. 

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Thursday, June 22, 2023, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm



Students are expected to work 35–50 hours weekly on their research project. However, mentors are not required to be with their student(s) for this length of time. Instead, they will set up a suitable working/meeting schedule for their students. In order to best support student(s) we recommend that Mentors meet with them regularly throughout the week on top of general email communication.

Typically, students are available for research except for the following times:

  • Lecture: Mondays/Fridays, 8:30 am – 10:20 am

  • Discussion Section: Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 10:20 am

  • Development Workshops: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • GRIT talks: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Friday Mixer: Fridays, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


To Apply

Applications for the 2023 program are now closed.


Contact us

If you have any questions about the program or your research project proposal, please contact Teresa Holden.


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RMP Sample Project Description