Creating a Mentoring Agreement

Mentor agreements operate similar to a contract between faculty and students outlining goals, expectations, and other aspects of collaborative work. These can be reviewed in partnership with students near the beginning of undergraduate research projects and throughout the time they work with you to reference as needed.

Undergraduate Research Liability Information


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Common Expectations that may go into a Mentoring Agreement

  • Project goals and anticipated outcomes
  • Timeline of activities and meetings
  • Student's learning and professional development goals
  • Training requirements and plans
  • Communication preferences and contact information
  • Expectations and cultural norms
  • Compliance procedures and ethics
  • Plans for dissemination (conferences, publications, etc.)

Mentor Agreement Templates

Check out templates used by other universities to help you develop your own agreement.

Oregon State University (Coming Soon)

University of Colorado Boulder

Purdue University

Oklahoma State University

Morehead State University

University Liability and Volunteer Forms

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