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Note to the student: Your second stipend check will be mailed to you (or held at the RF if that is what you requested) after your progress report (and the progress report completed by your mentor) is approved. If you have any questions about completing this form, email: singerjk@buffalostate.edu.

Student Name


Faculty Mentor Name

1. Briefly identify what activities have been carried out and give an assessment of progress to date.

2. Give your best estimate of the number of times (for example: daily, twice per week, weekly) you have interacted with your mentor in each of the following ways.
Face to face meetings

Talked over the telephone


3. Have you set up a regular schedule for any of these interactions? (Yes/No and explain):


3a. If you have not, do you plan to do this for the second half of the summer?

4a. How useful have these interactions been to you?:

4b. If you have both informal and formal meetings, please indicate this and describe both kinds of meetings.

5. Identify the remaining tasks to be done in the second half of the summer.

6. Identify any unexpected aspects of your research and any modifications to the original research plan.

7. In sum, how has this experience gone so far?

Contact Bruce Fox, Photography Department, Instructional Resources (basement level of the Bulger Communication Center) and arrange to get a high quality digital picture taken. The phone number to Instructional Resources is: 878-4221. Your digital picture will be forwarded to J. Singer directly; you do not need to arrange for your picture to be forwarded, it will be done automatically. The photograph will be used in the Program for the 13th annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration.

Mid-Summer Research Assessment Survey

Complete this mid-summer research assessment survey. Your mentor will also be completing this survey and when both of you have completed your surveys, plan a time when you will meet to talk about how each of you scored the items. You might also want to talk about how the scores have changed/not changed from the pre-research survey you completed nearly a month ago.


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.

Main Reason Scores Changed

Describe the main reason for score changes since the previous assessment

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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