All mentors in the BioSURF program must hold a faculty appointment at Washington University (on either the Danforth or Medical School campus). For students not yet engaged in research, a great place to start your search for a research mentor/lab is the Biology Department Bio200/500 Mentor list. Additional tips and suggestions for finding a mentor are also on the NSLC site at 'Strategies for finding a mentor'. It is important to note that mentors may have no more than three BioSURF applicants from their lab.
Working with a Mentor
A vital part of the BioSURF application process is the interaction between the student and mentor prior to submission of the proposal. To prepare for an initial interview with your prospective mentor, send a letter of inquiry, statement of interest, and a brief resume. During the interview ask questions about the project, the laboratory, and your role in the group. During the interview you should gain an understanding of what it will be like to work in the lab as well as the nature of your research project.
The most important factor in deciding on a lab is your enthusiasm for the project itself and for working with the mentor. Although most students seek projects in their major, BioSURF provides an opportunity to explore other fields. Feel free to consider faculty outside of your immediate area of knowledge; however keep in mind that BioSURF-eligilble research must be within some area of the life-sciences and not be solely clinical.