How can I help students connect with other researchers?

Undergraduate researchers benefit from developing relationships with their mentors and peers, being part of a research community, and experiencing the research lifestyle. Try to include students in as many activities as possible, such as:

  • Research group meetings with your other students and colleagues;
  • Social events in your department;
  • Periodic meals together;
  • Travel to workshops and conferences, even local ones where the costs may be more manageable;
  • Informal conversations about academic life: what is graduate school like, what is it like to be a professor or a researcher, how does promotion work in academia, issues of work-life balance, and so on.

The Google CS Research Mentorship Program also connects students from groups marginalized in computing with peers and a Google mentor to support their pursuit of computing research pathways.