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HSE University Introduces Student Research Mentors

They will help freshmen to integrate in academic life

© HSE University

The Centre for Student Academic Development together with School of Mentors are launching a new development in 2021 – student research mentors. Senior students will help freshmen dive deeper into academia.

Student research mentors are students from the second year and above who help first-year students navigate the world of science and popular science at their faculties and across HSE University. The main goal is to attract them to academia. At the same time, student research mentors, supported by the Centre for Student Academic Development, will create local and interfaculty research and popular science projects.

Grigory Bannikov

Manager of the Centre for Student Academic Development

Today, mentors are actively helping freshmen to adapt at the university: they assist them in navigating through their studies at HSE, and give advice about student associations and other ways to express themselves. Understanding research as part of HSE’s extracurricular world can also become part of this process of introduction to the university.

Alena Makshanchikova

Project Head at the Student Development Office

Students who will join the first wave of research mentors will be able to develop their academic communication skills, to get to know how research and popular science projects work, and support existing traditions of our academic extracurricular life as well as creating new ones. The student community will get an enhanced way to explore multiple research events, the answers to frequently asked questions, and, of course, support from students with an extensive background in research at each faculty.

Project Timeline

  • From January 19th to February 7th, students are welcome to apply online;
  • From February 8th to February 15th, the selection process will be carried out, and the results published on February 16th;
  • On February 26, the School of Student Research Mentors will take place, which will introduce the participants to the basics of academic PR; they will design their own research and popular science projects and get to know the realities of HSE’s academic life;
  • From March to June 2021, the project will be launched. Before the beginning of the academic year, the team will be expanded by new participants, in order to meet next year’s cohort most effectively.

This project will help those students who understand the thrill of research to communicate this to others. In addition, the research mentors will be able to implement their own projects with HSE’s support and stay updated about the university’s academic agenda.

More information is available on the project website (in Russian). If you have questions, please contact Grigory Bannikov, Manager of the Centre for Student Academic Development: gbannikov@hse.ru.

January 19