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Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering
job. The National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program offers both summer and in-term paid research experiences. Your institution's research-support office, placement office, or alumni association might be good resources, as are national disciplinary societies and your own personal contacts.
For electives, encourage students to take courses that they enjoy or that can lead to new fields of study. The undergraduate years offer the opportunity for experimentation with fields of knowledge. As their career unfolds, they might work outside their field, outside research, or outside their native country; courses in business, psychology, public policy, or foreign language might open new doors; courses in arts and humanities will provide breadth and perspective. A biology major interested in genetics might take a class in psychology and find