Immersive Scholars

General Expectations for all Immersive Scholars

  1. Actively participate in the UROC and Immersive Scholars community, which involves the following duties/tasks:
    • Attend orientations and training (including but not limited to Welcome Event, Orientation, and Poster Session Training)
    • Present a poster at a UMass Lowell symposium (either Student Symposium - generally in May, or the Immersive Scholars Symposium - generally in October)
    • Attend the Undergraduate Research Symposium in Spring
    • Participate in recruitment events for the next cohort of Immersive Scholars
    • Respond to emails from coordinator and faculty mentor within a reasonable time frame (48 hours)
  2. Engage in professional development opportunities, which involves the following duties/tasks:
    • Consult with your faculty mentor about possibilities for conference presentations and co-authorship
    • Participate in additional training opportunities (such as resume workshops and job training)
    • Let coordinator know of any specific training needs
  3. Enjoy your experience!
    • These opportunities are designed to get you real world experience in the area of your interest
    • The work you do will be educational and should be something you are passionate about
    • Use your work to help you learn! This is a great opportunity that will help you with future opportunities and employment. Learn as much as you can

Additional Expectations

Research Experience: If you opt for a research experience, engage in your research partnership, which involves the following duties / tasks:

  • Create specific research agreement with a faculty
  • Meet with faculty mentor at least once a week at a regular time
  • Communicate with faculty member to clarify project tasks
  • Clearly communicate when you need support
  • Execute tasks as assigned by faculty member
  • Keep student logs up to date and review with faculty mentor at weekly meetings
  • Respond to faculty emails promptly and professionally
  • Communicate any concerns regarding your partnership to the coordinator

Community Experience: If you opt for a community experience, consider the below:

  • Check JobHawk for a list of already developed community-based opportunities
  • If no already developed jobs fit your interest, contact the Immersive Scholars Team, they will help you search for a non-profit location that fits your area of interest and create a partnership that fits your goals
  • Once the community organization has hired you, you will create a set of expectations and goals, a schedule, and start your work experience
  • You will be representing the University and are expected to conduct yourself appropriately and professionally
  • Stay in contact with your on-site supervisor and contact the Immersive Scholars Team if you run into issues or have any questions