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What is ReMatch?

  • ReMatch is a research-mentoring program that offers first and second year undergraduates the opportunity to connect with graduate students in their fields of interest, gain valuable academic mentorship, and participate in funded research internships during the summer.

Who can participate?

All first and second year Princeton undergraduates are invited to participate in the programing offered during the academic year. No previous research experience is necessary. Mentored research opportunities exist for students interested in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

What can I expect to gain from ReMatch?

  • Explore research in different fields before you make a major choice.

  • Connect with graduate students to learn what the research life is all about.

  • Get some great research experience before your JP/Senior Thesis.

How can I participate in ReMatch during the academic year?

  • We encourage you to participate in as many of the events offered through the program. You can choose your own level of participation by opting into programming events that best fit your schedule and level of interest. This might range from attending a few informal meetups in the Fall to spending nine weeks in the summer doing research with a graduate mentor. Students who have participated in at least one ReMatch event in the Fall/early Winter are eligible to apply to the ReMatch Summer Undergraduate Research Program (R-SURP).

Do I need to register into the program and if so, what do I have to do?

  • In early Fall, all first and second year students will receive an invitation to participate in the October Meet and Greets. All those who RSVP and/or sign in on the day of the events will be added to an email list. Invitation to the November Meal for Mentoring dinners and later offerings will be sent to that email list so it is important that you RSVP to express your interest in the program! At the Meal for Mentoring dinners, you will be assigned three 30-minute rotations between tables of graduate mentors that share your research interests. To reserve your spot for dinner, you will have to complete a short survey to inform the rotation assignment.

How does the pairing with a graduate mentor work?

  • The program offers funnel-like programming to facilitate the mentee-mentor pairings. In early Fall, you will have opportunities to explore your interests and meet with potential mentors. As you begin to identify areas of interest and connect with mentors, you will have additional opportunities to meet and explore pairing options in Dec and Jan. The pairing itself is self-selective and comes from a mutual agreement between each mentor and mentee.

What does the pairing timeline look like for a mentee?

September

Look through the 50+ ReMatch graduate mentor profiles to find graduate students who share your interests.

October

Meet graduate mentors by attending one (or more) of the informal Meet and Greets (see PURC calendar for dates and times)

November

Reconnect with the mentors you met at the Meet and Greets, meet new potential mentors, and discuss opportunities for mentorship and research at the Meal for Mentoring dinners (see PURC calendar for dates and times)

December - January

Participate in one-on-one or small group meetings, intersession research shadowing experiences, lab tours, and other activities with mentors of interest. Mentor-mentee pairs are formed based on a mutual selection and agreement between you and your mentor.

February

Once you are paired with a mentor, you may apply for funding to support a nine week mentored summer research internship prior to the start of junior year.

What questions should I ask of the graduate mentors?

  • You could ask them about their field, their research, and their passions. They will likely have useful advice to give you academically from their own undergraduate experiences too.

What if I’m interested in my mentor’s department but not their area of research?

  • Let your mentor know. We suggest that they get in touch with other graduate students in their department to see if they might be interested in working with you.

What kind of activities might I do with potential graduate mentors in Dec and Jan?

  • You might take a tour of their lab or workspace, shadow them while they work, meet other students they work with, or simply meet with them for a chat over coffee. You could also invite  graduate mentors for a guest meal at your residential college.

What happens if my mentor has more than one student interested in working with them for the summer?

  • The program is designed for one-to-one mentorship pairings. You can see if your mentor would be willing to get in touch with other graduate students who might want to mentor you, and who you could apply to the summer program together with. Otherwise you can talk with your mentor about other research opportunities and look through the Summer Research Programs database.

If I don’t find a mentor that I would like to work with for the summer, what are the next steps?

  • Your mentor can continue providing mentorship to you in different ways, rather than taking part in the summer program. There may also be mentors who are still looking for students that we can put you in touch with.

When/How long is the summer program?

I won’t be at Princeton this summer. What other research opportunities are there for me to work with a graduate mentor?

  • As a junior or senior, you may work with a graduate mentor in the context of your junior papers, and/or your senior thesis. If you are a freshman, you can also participate in ReMatch as a sophomore and apply to take part in the summer program for the summer after your sophomore year.

I have a question about the program that my graduate student mentor didn’t have an answer for. Where should I go?

  • If you have questions about the program, you can talk to ReMatch representatives when you’re at one of our hosted events. Otherwise, you can shoot an email to undergraduate.research@princeton.edu.

 

 

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