Thank you for your interest in mentoring an undergraduate researcher from the UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO). Participants in one of CAEO’s campus-based, federally funded projects that serve students who are underrepresented in college (NSF LSAMP; Title III AANAPISI, Part A; Title III AANAPISI, Part F; or TRiO McNair Scholars Institute), CAEO undergraduate researchers typically develop their own projects, work with faculty on existing research projects, and/or contribute to the creation of new studies. (Click here to see examples of work from previous CAEO undergraduate researchers.) Occurring during the spring semester and over the summer, CAEO undergraduate research activities facilitate partnerships between students and mentor professors, helping the students gain insight into research at UNLV, as well as advance faculty's research agendas.

Faculty Mentor Expectations

Faculty mentors are expected to:

  1. Meet regularly with their mentee students to discuss the students’ research projects;
  2. Ensure that their mentee students receive proper guidance and supervision to successfully meet the outcomes described on the students’ approved Research Agreement Forms; and
  3. Review and approve research products (i.e., structured abstracts or manuscripts) developed by mentees.

Faculty members receive a payment of $750 for each CAEO undergraduate researcher they mentor. This payment is deposited in an NSHE faculty research/lab account. Typically, funds are directed toward equipment and travel to support and enhance the research occurring during the project time period.

Eligibility Requirements

Persons who wish to become mentors to a CAEO undergraduate researcher must:

  • Be faculty members at an institution within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE);
  • Hold terminal degrees in their respective disciplines; and
  • Have scholarly work published in academic journals and/or government reports.

For more information about becoming a mentor to a CAEO undergraduate researcher, contact Dr. Matthew Della Sala at or 702-895-4585.