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What is a Graduate Research Mentor? 

It is a part-time job.  You are paid as a tutor ($15-$19/hour) to teach undergraduates about research.  To be eligible to be a URC/CARE Graduate Research Mentor you must have passed your qualifying exams and have at least one year left before you receive your PhD.  You can work from 1-8 hours per week, depending on what you choose to do for the center. Most of our mentors work 1-2 hours per week. We will need approval from your faculty mentor as well.

Here is the official job description and invitation to apply:

URC-SEM/CARE Science Skills Graduate Research Mentor (tutor)

We are searching for qualified applicants to serve as a part-time Science Skills Graduate Research Mentor (job title: Tutor) for the Undergraduate Research Center-Science, Engineering, and Mathematics/Center for Academic Research Excellence (URC-SEM/CARE). The Undergraduate Research Center supports and funds undergraduate research on the UCLA campus.  The Graduate Research Mentor will lead workshops on science writing and presentation skills as well as lead workshops on how to get into research at a variety of venues. Workshops led by Graduate Research Mentors include:  Introduction to Research (given at Orientation), SRP (Student Research Programs) workshops, Poster Assembly workshops, Abstract workshops, Research Careers workshops, Writing a Personal Statement, Giving an Oral Presentation, Applying to Graduate School . Graduate Researh Mentors also lead science laboratory tours and serve on graduate student panels. Mentors also help undergraduates explore their research interests and locate a student research project on campus. For these efforts, the Graduate Research Mentor will be paid as a tutor (individual rate:  $15.84/hour and group rate $19.48/hour). This is a part-time position for 1-8 hours per week. 

The candidate should be an advanced graduate student in the biomedical sciences (including bioengineering) and be willing to make at least a one-year commitment to the position. We are looking for a graduate student with excellent interpersonal and communication skills that has a sincere interest in working with and assisting undergraduates.  While employed by the URC, Graduate Research Mentors are required to make normal progress towards their Ph.D. as outlined by their departmental guidelines.

Interested applicants please submit a resume or C.V., the names, phone numbers and email addresses of two UCLA faculty references, and a cover letter stating your interest in undergraduate mentoring to:

Dr. Tama Hasson
Director, URC-SEM/CARE
2121 Life Sciences Bldg
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1606
Phone: (310) 825-9277
FAX: (310) 267-2219
Email: tama@lifesci.ucla.edu