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Please complete this assessment form at three different times over the course of your summer research project: (1) At the outset of the project, after your first in-depth meeting with your faculty mentor. (2) As part of your mid-project Progress Report. (3) As part of your end-of-project Final Report. On each occasion, your faculty mentor will independently complete the same form. Please arrange to meet with your mentor each time to compare his/her assessment of your work with your own self-assessment. This should provide you with useful information about the extent of your self-knowledge, potentially give you a more realistic assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, and provide you with an opportunity to bring new information to bear on your mentor's assessment before he/she submits the assessment to the Program office.


For each of the outcomes shown in the accompanying table, please assess yourself on a six-point scale, where the points on the scale are defined as follows:

5-Always displays the outcome
4-Usually displays the outcome
3-Often displays the outcome
2-Seldom displays the outcome
1-Never displays the outcome
0-Not applicable

The faculty mentor version of this form includes some extra space for the insertion of other outcomes of his/her choosing. If your mentor does include additional outcomes, please add the same outcomes to your own assessment table and use the same scale for your assessments.

To be filled out only by the student after student and mentor have met to discuss student's responses to pre-research questionnaire/interview survey

Student Name



Uses and understands professional and discipline-specific language:

Expresses ideas in an organized, clear, concise and accurate manner:

Writes clearly and effectively in discipline-specific formats:


Brings new insights to the problem at hand:

Shows ability to approach problems from different perspectives:

Combines information in new ways and/or demonstrates intellectual resourcefulness:

Effectively connects multiple ideas/approaches :


Demonstrates the ability to work independently and identify when input, guidance and feedback are needed:

Accepts constructive criticism and applies feedback effectively:

Displays high level of confidence in ability to meet challenges:

Uses time well to ensure work gets accomplished and meets deadlines :

Ability to deal with obstacles

Learns from and is not discouraged by set-backs and unforeseen events:

Shows flexibility and a willingness to take risks and try again:

Practice and process of inquiry

Demonstrates ability to formulate questions and hypothesis within discipline:

Demonstrates ability to properly identify and/or generate reliable data :

Shows understanding of how knowledge is generated, validated and communicated within the discipline:

Nature of disciplinary knowledge

Shows understanding of the way practitioners think within the discipline (e.g., as an earth scientist, sociologist, artist . . .) and view the world around them:

Shows understanding of the criteria for determining what is valued as a contribution in the discipline:

Shows understanding of important current individuals within the discipline:

Critical thinking and problem solving

Trouble-shoots problems, searches for ways to do things more effectively and generates, evaluates and selects between alternatives:

Recognizes discipline-specific problems and challenges established thinking when appropriate:

Recognizes flaws, assumptions and missing elements in arguments:

Understanding ethical conduct

Shows understanding and respect for intellectual property rights:

Predicts, recognizes and weighs the risks and benefits of the project for others:

Recognizes the severity of creating, modifying, misrepresenting or misreporting data including omission or elimination of data/findings or authorship:

Intellectual development

Demonstrates growth from basic to more complex thinking in the discipline:

Recognizes problems are often more complicated than they first appear to be and the most economical solution is usually preferred over convoluted explanations:

Approaches problems from a perspective that there can be more than one right explanation or model or even none at all:

Displays accurate insight into the extent of his/her own knowledge and understanding and an appreciation for what isn't known:

Culture of scholarship

Is involved in the scholarly community of the discipline and/or professional societies:

Behaves with a high level of collegiality and ethical responsibility:

Content knowledge skills/methodology

Displays detailed and accurate knowledge of key facts and concepts:

Displays a thorough grasp of relevant research methods and is clear about how these methods apply to the research project being undertaken:

Demonstrates an advanced level of requisite skills:


The assessment instrument asks for your judgment on a wide range of outcomes, and we realize that you may not be equally certain of your self-assessment for every outcome listed.

How confident are you in your skills at this time?:

Explanation for level of confidence and/or other comments about how confident you are in your answers.

Additional Outcomes Identified by Faculty Mentor and Student Researcher

List and score any additional outcomes identified at the beginning of the research experience. Some suggestions for optional additional outcomes are provided on this page

Description of the first optional outcome

Assessment Score:

Description of the second optional outcome

Assessment Score:

Description of the third optional outcome

Assessment Score:

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